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Vancouver International Film Festival
1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 3M7
Miriam Makeba was one of the first African musicians who won international stardom and whose music was always anchored in her traditional South African roots. Miriam Makeba was forced into exile in 1959.
She sang for John F. Kennedy, performed with Harry Belafonte and Nina Simone, was married to Hugh Masekela and also Stokely Carmichael. Her life was tumultuous. She always stood for truth and justice. She fought for the oppressed most importantly for black Africans, as a campaigner against apartheid. She died November 2008 after a concert in Italy.
Mika Kaurismaki’s documentary, traces fifty years of her music and her performing life. Through rare archive footage of her performances and through interviews with her contemporaries we discover the remarkable journey of Miriam Makeba.
«Riveting subject matter, terrific music and engaging interviewees… As for the singer herself, the power of her voice and the rhythmic inventiveness of her phrasing emerge magnificently, as does the force of a seemingly generous and gregarious personality.» Jonathan Romney, Screen
«This is a powerful presentation, full of music and insights into her life and work.» The Afro News
*Part of Music Mondays