Chan Centre Connects | Under African Skies

USA/South Africa 2012. Dir: Joe Berlinger. 108 min. DCP

On the 25th anniversary of his landmark album Graceland, Paul Simon returns to South Africa for a historic reunion concert. Featuring anti-apartheid activists, musical legends, and leading cultural figures — including Maya Angelou, Harry Belafonte, Paul McCartney, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo — Under African Skies recounts Graceland’s turbulent birth and controversial reception. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger also directed Brother’s Keeper and the Paradise Lost trilogy. “A pure-bliss celebration” (John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter). “Doubly satisfying: We get not only a trenchant political drama but a bang-up concert film as well” (Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor).



This film screening has been curated in conjunction with the performance of Ladysmith Black Mambazo with Habib Koité and Bassekou Kouyate at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on Saturday, March 2 at 8:00 pm.


The Chan Centre Connects Seriesis programming that complements performances in the Chan Centre Presents concert series at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC. For more information on these events, please visit


This event is now sold out online. A very limited amount of tickets will be available at the door.