Sophiatown (2003)

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In early 1950s South Africa, Sophiatown became the Harlem of Johannesburg: a cultural melting pot of music, literature and politics and an artistic refuge for victims of racial intolerance. In 1955 the population was forced out and the district bulldozed by the segregationist Afrikaan Nationalist government. This documentary uses music to tell the story of Sophiatown and the experience of being black in South Africa, through two concerts which bring together musicians who had been in Sophiatown during the 1950's and 1960's.

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