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Come Back, Africa (1959)

Come Back, Africa chronicles the life of Zachariah, a black South African living under the rule of the harsh apartheid government in 1959.



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Cast overview:
Zacharia Mgabi ...
Lewis Nkosi ...
Bloke Modisane ...
Can Themba ...
Myrtle Berman ...
George Malebye ...
Morris Hugh ...
Rams ...
Hazel Futa ...
Martha ...


Come Back, Africa chronicles the life of Zachariah, a black South African living under the rule of the harsh apartheid government in 1959.

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1960 (France)  »

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Africa in crisi  »

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Did You Know?


The South African musician Lulu Masilela (Gumboots from Paul Simon's Graceland album) claims that he was the young penny whistler (seen in center of the poster) in Come Back, Africa. The group performing here was actually a combination of two separate groups, both of whom Lulu was playing with at the time, the Meyerton Bright Boys and the Snaketown Shambas. See more »


Featured in In Darkest Hollywood: Cinema and Apartheid (1993) See more »

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Rogosin & Drum document the magic that was Sophiatown
2 August 2005 | by (South Africa) – See all my reviews

Lionel Rogosin in co-operation with the staff of the iconic Drum magazine of the 1950's create an accurate and unbiased portrayal of township life in South Africa under apartheid. Written by Lewis Nkosi and Bloke Modisane and starring a collection of South Africa's brightest black urban stars of the fifties, this film broke new ground in the manner in which it showcased African urban identity and the hardships and realities of township life in the magical place known as Sophiatown. Rogosin had entered South Africa and shot this film under false pretences while constantly being hounded by strict apartheid legislature. Sophiatown was destroyed by the apartheid government in 1957 and replaced by the white suburb triomf (triump). This film is one of the few documents left that survive a township where black, white, Indian and coloured residents lived together decades before the 'rainbow nation' ideology of modern day South Africa.

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