GLOBAL RHYTHMS

Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba

MIKA KAURISMÄKI
South Africa, Germany, Finland, 2011
90 minutes, Color and Black & White
Official website

For nearly half a century, Grammy-winning South African singer Miriam Makeba travelled the world with powerful songs of joy, love, and revolution that have resonated in the hearts of people across the world. Against the backdrop of Apartheid and international liberation movements, Makeba's 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 United States, but her controversial marriage to Black Panther Stokely Carmichael left her with revoked U.S. record deals and cancelled national tours. Makeba then moved to Guinea, where she continued her activism and leadership as the first black female representative to the United Nations. This inspirational tribute is packed with decades of rare archival footage, interviews, and excerpts from legendary performances that inspired musicians like Harry Belafonte, Hugh Masekela, and Paul Simon.—Tribeca Film Festival

In English and French with English subtitles

GLOBAL RHYTHMS

Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba

MIKA KAURISMÄKI
South Africa, Germany, Finland, 2011
90 minutes, Color and Black & White
Official website

For nearly half a century, Grammy-winning South African singer Miriam Makeba travelled the world with powerful songs of joy, love, and revolution that have resonated in the hearts of people across the world. Against the backdrop of Apartheid and international liberation movements, Makeba's 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 United States, but her controversial marriage to Black Panther Stokely Carmichael left her with revoked U.S. record deals and cancelled national tours. Makeba then moved to Guinea, where she continued her activism and leadership as the first black female representative to the United Nations. This inspirational tribute is packed with decades of rare archival footage, interviews, and excerpts from legendary performances that inspired musicians like Harry Belafonte, Hugh Masekela, and Paul Simon.—Tribeca Film Festival

In English and French with English subtitles


Monday, April 23
8:00 PM
$14.00
Saturday, April 28
8:15 PM
$14.00

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