Cinema: A Camera in Johannesburg

Come Back, Africa (Lionel Rogosin Films) is a timely and remarkable piece of cinema journalism: a matter-of-fact, horrifying study of life in the black depths of South African society. Filmed in secret by a 36-year-old moviemaker named Lionel (On the Bowery) Rogosin, who worked in constant danger of arrest and deportation, Come Back, Africa is necessarily crude in craftsmanship. But Rogosin's camera looks deep into the private nightmare and social desperation of a man and a people.

Lured off the land with false promises of big pay, Zachariah Mgabi (the character is named after the man who portrays him) spends several months...

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