A New Documentary About Paul Simon’s Graceland Will Premiere at Sundance
On January 22, 2012 Under African Skies—a new documentary chronicling the creation and lasting influence of Paul Simon’s Graceland—will debut at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The documentary, directed by award winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger, will also kick off a year-long celebration commemorating the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking album. Following its Sundance premiere, Under African Skies is slated for international film festival screenings, a limited theatrical run as well as airings on A&E.
The film documents both the making of Graceland, and the controversy created when Simon traveled to South Africa to record with local artists Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Simon offers his perspective on the album while gathering the record’s original musicians for a Graceland concert reunion. Under African Skies also features interviews with key anti-apartheid activists of the time along with musical legends such as Quincy Jones, Harry Belafonte, Paul McCartney, David Byrne and Peter Gabriel.
This Spring, Graceland will be re-issused in a special 25th anniversary box set featuring the original album, bonus tracks and a director’s cut of Under African Skies.