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26 Ratings

Mama Africa

Directed by Mika Kaurismäki
Finland, 2011
Documentary, Biography


Mika Kaurismäki’s documentary about world-famous South African singer Miriam Makeba, who spent half a century traveling the world spreading her political message to fight racism, poverty and promote justice and peace, is a tribute to a woman who embodied the hopes and the voice of Africa.

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Mama Africa
Directed by Mika Kaurismäki

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2011 | Panorama Dokument

Tribeca Film Festival

2011 | Spotlight


2011 | World Cinema

Istanbul International Film Festival

2012 | Documentary Time

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What are people saying?

  • Gaik Cheng Khoo's rating of the film Mama Africa

    Amazing stuff. OR maybe it was just the sheer synergy of having watched The Black Power Mix tapes and seeing Stokey Carmichael in there a few days ago and then finding out tonight that he married Miriam Makeba. Wow, wish I had seen her perform live when she was still alive. What an amazing voice and a magnificent woman.

  • mpho3's rating of the film Mama Africa

    Makeba was one of a kind and richly deserved to be called Mama Africa. For a film filled with archival footage of her performing and being interviewed, I find it odd that the filmmaker did not identify any of the talking heads. Despite such an egregious flaw, the film is a wonderful tribute to a woman who truly inspired with her voice and by how she lived her life.