Under African Skies
Under African Skies To Open Encounters
Under African Skies will open the 14th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, which runs from 7-24 June 2012 in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Directed by Emmy and Peabody winner Joe Berlinger, the documentary tells the inside story of Paul Simon’s trip to South Africa to record Graceland and his return last year to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The bestselling, Grammy-winning album introduced South African music to the world and has been included in numerous Best Album of All Time lists by the likes of Rolling Stone and Time, but the trip was heavily criticized at the time, as it undermined the cultural embargo against Apartheid.
Under African Skies was a favourite at Sundance earlier this year, where The Hollywood Reporter called it “pure bliss.”
Another of Berlinger’s films, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, which he co-directed with Bruce Sinofsky, will also screen at Encounters. This is the conclusion to his gripping, three-part courtroom drama about the West Memphis Three, who allegedly murdered three children in Arkansas, USA in 1993. Purgatory was nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar in March.
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
#1: Under African Skies won Best International Film at Encounters.
#2: Under African Skies won Best Documentary at SXSW.
#3: Under African Skies won for Outstanding Sound Mixing at the Emmy Awards, where it was nominated for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special and Sound Editing.