Light + Sound Machine Presents... COME BACK, AFRICA
Thurs, Feb. 18th in The Blue Room at Third Man Records headquarters in Nashville
Arrive early for a pre-show exhibiton on the life and work of Director Lionel Rogosin
In 1959, maverick filmmaker Lionel Rogosin followed his landmark docufiction ON THE BOWERY by covertly filming on the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa under the false pretense that he was making an innocuous musical featuring South African performers. Instead, the film he made was COME BACK, AFRICA - a scathing indictment of the country's harsh apartheid policies. Shot in a lightly scripted, quasi-documentary style, the film follows a young Zulu man as he attempts to navigate an unforgiving bureaucracy to find work to support his estranged family. The resulting film is a neo-realist monument of wrenching humanism, as well as a historically indispensable document of daily life in the black township of Sophiatown - demolished shortly after filming to make way for white-exclusive housing.
The Light & Sound Machine is a co-presentation of The Belcourt Theatre and Third Man Records. The Belcourt Theatre is now closed for approximately 5-6 months for renovation, construction and preservation on their beloved 90-year-old building. Get your film fix by joining us monthly for Light + Sound Machine pop-up screenings. Stay aware of event dates and times by liking The Light & Sound Machine on Facebook.