"Under African Skies" tells the story behind the incredible journey, history and evolution of Paul Simon's Graceland, and explores the cultural and political climate of South Africa 25 years ago. The film follows Simon as he returns once again to South Africa, and remembers and reconnects with the people, places and music that inspired him many years ago. With the compelling perceptions of anti-apartheid activists and music legends such as Quincy Jones, Harry Belafonte, Sir Paul McCartney, and David Byrne, 'Under African Skies' is both a buoyant chronicle of unparalleled artistic achievement and a profound rumination on the role of the artist in society.
- Paul Simon's Graceland Journey: Under African Skies review by Swambi
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This long film involves a series of interviews and clips on the Graceland project, particularly focusing on the controversy around Paul Simon breaking UN cultural sanctions at the time plus studio shots, reunions and comments by famous people. If you are particularly interested in this background you should find the documentary useful. Some clips of the original African musicians are fascinating. However, overall to me it seemed disjointed and thrown together, with limited cinematographic appeal and no clear story, no full tracks and not many views of "African skies" - so it's general interest may be limited.