“Under African Skies” is a film directed by Joe Berlinger (1961-). Released in 2012, in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Paul Simon’s “Graceland” album, it’s a fantastic documentary of both the music made by Paul Simon (1941-) and various South African musicians, as well as the political climate of that country during these collaborations.
This movie serves as a companion piece to both “Graceland: The African Concert” and “Classic Albums: Graceland,” thereby forming a trilogy. However, it surpasses these other films by addressing the political issues in depth. These include the act of breaking the cultural boycott during apartheid in South Africa. Here, Paul Simon had an opportunity to share his thoughts to an unprecedented degree.
It was great to observe the reunions between Simon, Hugh Masekela (1939-), Joseph Shabalala (1941-), and the members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Other luminaries expressing their viewpoints in this film included Harry Belafonte (1927-), Paul McCartney (1942-), Peter Gabriel (1950-), Philip Glass (1937-), and David Byrne (1952-).
The highest marks are deserved for this release from A&E IndieFilms.