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Under African Skies



"Under African Skies" travels with Paul Simon back to South Africa on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his historic Graceland album. Paul reunites with the original band to give a reunion concert and to explore the story of the turbulent birth of the album.

Featuring interviews with the key anti-apartheid activists of the time and such musical legends as Quincy Jones, Harry Belafonte, Paul McCartney, David Byrne and Steve Van Zandt, the film is both an anatomy of a profound artistic achievement and a meditation on the role of the artist in society.


Director(s): Joe Berlinger

Executive Producer(s): Molly Thompson, Robert Friedman

Producer(s): Justin Wilkes, Joe Berlinger, Jon Kamen

Cinematographer: Bob Richman

Editor(s): Joshua L. Pearson

Sound Designer: Eddie O'Connor

Additional Credits: Co-Producer: Sara Enright, Senior Story Producer: Amy Goldberg

Director Bio


Two-time Emmy and Peabody winner Joe Berlinger’s films include the landmark documentaries "Brother's Keeper", the "Paradise Lost" trilogy that recently led to the release of The West Memphis Three from prison, "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster", a film which re-defined the rockumentary genre, and "Crude: The Real Price of Oil".


Sales Agent: Justin Wilkes

Public Film Contact

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