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Under African Skies

Under African Skies
1:48:00 | 2012

Categories: Documentary, Politics, Music, Arts and Culture

This critically-acclaimed documentary was nominated for three Emmys. Paul Simon's milestone album, Graceland, is considered by many to be one of the most important albums of all time, both for its musical mastery and innovative sound, and for the foundational way it brought together the music of two very different cultures. The album elevated global awareness of South African music and politics, and created a watershed moment in musical fusion. It has even been suggested that the global attention that Graceland brought to the culture helped usher in the end of Apartheid. In honor of Graceland's 25th Anniversary, radical.media, IndieFilms and Sony Music Entertainment have teamed up to produce a feature documentary film celebrating the album. The story of the film, told by Paul himself, re-traces the incredible journey of the history and evolution of the Graceland album as well as the cultural and political climate of South Africa during that time. We follow Paul in the present day on his current tour, and travel with him to South Africa to revisit the people, places, and music that first inspired him. Partly a portrait of an icon, partly a musical exploration and reminiscence, this documentary allows viewers to get to know Paul Simon in an intimate way, and shows how a series of synchronicities came together to create the album that won the Grammy award for Best Album of the Year. 

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