Come Back, Africa: The Films Of Lionel Rogosin - Volume Two

Oscilloscope Laboratories   (1959) / Region A
Come Back, Africa: The Films Of Lionel Rogosin - Volume Two

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Come Back, Africa: The Films Of Lionel Rogosin - Volume Two


Come Back, Africa

Lionel Rogosin's religion could be dubbed "liberation cinematography" - he made films as a way to fight injustice. In 1957, Rogosin followed his calling to South Africa creating Come Back, Africa - a powerful and moving drama exposing the harsh reality of life under the system of aprtheid. Shooting secretly under the very noses of the feared South African police, Rogosin, his crew and his cast (including journalists/activists Lewis Nkosi, Bloke Modisane, and Can Themba) risked arrest and deportation. Miriam Makeba, whose electrifying appearance in Come Back, Africa launched a legendary career, found herself banned from her country after she traveled to Venice for the movie's premiere. The scenes shot in the vibrant black ghetto of Sophiatown are precious images of a lost world. Nkosi later said of the film, "It is a monument...We were able to show the world what South Africa really was like."

Black Roots

Rogosin took the fight for equality to his homeland with his astonishing fourht feature, Black Roots. The extraordinary cast, including Reverend Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick, attorney and feminist activist Florynce "Flo" Kennedy, musicians Jim Collier, Wende Smith, Larry Johnson and Reverend Gary Davis, tell stories of heartbreak and despair while their songs blow the roof off the rafters. A deeply humanist film, Black Roots combines tales of oppression with hauntingly beautiful images of the faces of black men, women and children.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Nov 27 2013
  • Production Year 1959
  • Empire SKU 1680919
  • UPC Code 784148013350
  • Studio  Oscilloscope Laboratories
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Come Back Africa
Martin Scorsese Introduction
An American In Sophiatown, The Making Of Come Back Africa
Lionel Rogosin Talks About Come Back, Africa

Black Roots
Bitter Sweet Stories, The Making Of Black Roots
Have You Seen Drum Recently?


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W

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