BIFF 2020
International documentary
Under African Skies

Under African Skies

ORIGINAL TITLE:
Under African Skies
USA / Sør-Afrika / 2012 / 108 min
DIRECTOR:
Joe Berlinger
The music outlives the oppressors

On the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of his brilliant Graceland album, Simon returns to South Africa for a reunion concert that unearths the turbulent birth of the album. With the compelling perceptions of antiapartheid activists and music legends such as Quincy Jones, Harry Belafonte, Paul McCartney, and David Byrne, UNDER AFRICAN SKIES is both a buoyant chronicle of unparalleled artistic achievement and a profound rumunination on the role of the artist in society.

Joe Berlinger

JOE BERLINGER, best known for his Metallica-documentary SOME KIND OF MONSTER (2004), is an expert on Cinema Verité, witnessing dramas as they unfold. His trilogy PARADISE LOST (1996, 2004, 2009) follows three teenagers that are apparently innocently convicted for the murder of three children. Allegedly the teenagers were involved with satanism. UNDER AFRICAN SKIES has won two audience awards and several awards for its music at different film festivals.