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SPOTLIGHT

MAMA AFRICA

Directed by Christian Bonke
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 90 Minutes International Premiere
FILM GUIDE MAMA AFRICA

For nearly half a century, Grammy-winning South African singer Miriam Makeba—known to fans as "Mama Africa"—travelled the world with powerful songs of joy, love, and revolution that have resonated in the hearts of people across the world. Against the disharmonious backdrop of Apartheid and international liberation movements around the world, Makeba's captivating melodies exposed the brutality and racism of the South African government and made her an early icon of Black freedom. Exiled from her homeland for nearly 30 years, Makeba moved to the US, but her controversial marriage to Black Panther Stokely Carmichael left her with revoked US record deals and cancelled national tours. In protest of an American brand of racism, Makeba moved to Guinea, where she continued her activism and leadership as the first black female representative to the United Nations.

Award-winning director Mika Kaurismäki's inspirational tribute to Makeba is packed with five decades of rare archival footage, interviews, and excerpts from the legendary performances that exhilarated millions and inspired musicians like Harry Belafonte, Hugh Masekela, and Paul Simon.

Documentary, Music
About the Director(s)
MIKA KAURISMÄKI had his first hit with The Liar in 1980. He then co-founded the production company Villealfa Filmproductions. His films include Rosso, Helsinki Napolia - All Night Long, The Amazon, Zombie and the Ghost Train, LA Without a Map, Moro No Brasil, Honey Baby, Sonic Mirror, Three Wise Men, and The House of Branching Love.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Spotlight
  • Year:
    2011
  • Length:
    90 minutes
  • Language:
    English, French
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    International
Cast & Credits
  • Primary Cast:
    Miriam Makeba, Harry Belafonte, Stokley Carmichael
  • Director:
    Mika Kaurismäki
  • Screenwriter:
    Mika Kaurismäki, Don Edkins
  • Producer:
    Rainer Kölmel
  • Editor:
    Karen Harley, Uwe Dresch, André Bendocchi-Alves

Contacts
  • Producer
    Rainer Kolmel
    Kinowelt International GmbH
    Munchen, 80802
    Phone: 49-89-550-57445
    ekendzia@kinowelt.de
  • Submitter
    Fortissimo Films
    Fortissimo Films
    Amsterdam, CN 1013
    Phone: 21-20 627 3215
    info@fortissimo.nl
  • Producer
    Rainer Kolmel
    Kinowelt International GmbH
    Munchen, 80802
    Phone: 49-89-550-57445
    ekendzia@kinowelt.de
  • Submitter
    Fortissimo Films
    Fortissimo Films
    Amsterdam, CN 1013
    Phone: 21-20 627 3215
    info@fortissimo.nl

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