Mika Kaurismäki
DEU, Südafrika, FIN 2011
91 min

For nearly half a century, South African singer Miriam Makeba – known to fans as “Mama Africa” – travelled the world with powerful songs of joy, love, and revolution that have resonated in the hearts of people across the world. Against the disharmonious backdrop of Apartheid and international liberation movements around the world, Makeba’s captivating 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 US, but her controversial marriage to Black Panther Stokely Carmichael left her with revoked US record deals and cancelled national tours. In protest of an American brand of racism, Makeba moved to Guinea, where she continued her activism and leadership as the first black female representative to the United Nations.
Mika Kaurismäki’s inspirational tribute to Makeba is packed with five decades of rare archival footage, interviews, and excerpts from the legendary performances that exhilarated millions and inspired musicians like Harry Belafonte, Hugh Masekela, and Paul Simon. (Roya Rastegar)

  • Miriam Makeba
  • Mika Kaurismäki
  • Don Edkins
  • Martina Radwan
  • Jacques Cheuiche
  • Wolfgang Held
  • Frank P. Lehmann
  • Eran Tahor
  • Uwe Dresch
  • Karen Harley
  • Uwe Dresch
  • André Bendocchi-Alves
  • Andreas Schilling
Starhaus Filmproduktion GmbH, Millennium Films, Marianna Films Oy, ZDF/Arte

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