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This film is one of the most impressive films about the South African apartheid regime, not least thanks to its unusual genesis: in 1958, the American war veteran Lionel Rogosin travelled to Sophiatown. Under the pretext of making a musical film, he realised COME BACK, AFRICA! – and thus fulfilled a promise he had made to himself. Traumatised by the fascist atrocities Rogosin had experienced in World War II, he wanted to use this film to draw the world’s attention to racist crimes in South Africa that no one wanted to see at the time. While European television stations refused to broadcast the film, it became a hit in student film clubs in West Germany, distributed by the “Freunde der Deutschen Kinemathek”. We show the film in a restored version.