Friday, June 17, 2011

Mama Africa

FI/ZA/DE © 2011 Starhaus Filmproduktion / Millennium Films / Marianna Films / ZDF Arte. P: Don Edkins, Mika Kaurismäki, Rainer Kölmel, Hans-Robert Eisenhauer. D: Mika Kaurismäki. SC: Mika Kaurismäki, Don Edkins. DP: Jacques Cheuiche, Frank Lehmann, Eran Tahor, Wolfgang Held, Martina Radwan. M: Miriam Makeba. S: Uwe Dresch. ED: Karen Harley. Perf: Miriam Makeba. With: Lionel Rogosin, Harry Belafonte, Hugh Masekela, Angelique Kidjo, Stokely Carmichael, Paul Simon. 90 min. A Starhaus Filmproduktion print, English version. DCP 2K [?] viewed at Cinema Lapinsuu, Sodankylä (Midnight Sun Film Festival), 17 June 2011.

In the presence of Mika Kaurismäki, Don Edkins, and Iikka Vehkalahti. Mika told there have been 27 edits of the movie because of complicated circumstances with the rights to the images and the music.

A music film biography of Miriam Makeba, the magnificent South African singer and civil rights activist who spent most of her life in exile, as an international star, dreaming of African freedom and unity. A world historical personality. A rousing and inspiring story. Visually, the movie has compilation quality

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