Under African Skies

2012 Music [Nf]

Paul Simon

Director: Joe Berlinger

Starring: Paul Simon ,Maya Angelou, Okeyerama Asante, Harry Belafonte,David Byrne


  • The result is doubly satisfying: We get not only a trenchant political drama but a bang-up concert film as well.

    Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor

    11 May 2013

  • The film skillfully interweaves several strands to tell a true story with a happy ending.

    Stephen Holden - The New York Times

    11 May 2013

  • Powered by Simon's brilliance, Under African Skies is a cultural lightning bolt that soars on its music and an unshakable belief in the transcendence of art.

    Peter Travers - Rolling Stone

    11 May 2013

  • A pure-bliss celebration of Paul Simon's landmark album Graceland coupled with an interesting if not unbiased look at the controversy surrounding its release.

    John DeFore - The Hollywood Reporter

    11 May 2013

  • Under African Skies is appreciably smarter than most celebrity musician documentaries.

    Rob Nelson - Variety

    11 May 2013


  • Best International Film

    Encounters South African International Documentary Festival (2012)

  • Paul Simon

    Nashville Film Festival (2012)

  • The Arts - Television - Documentary/Information Program

    New York Festivals (2013)

  • Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking - Music

    Newport Beach Film Festival (2012)

  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming

    Primetime Emmy Awards (2012)