Mama Africa - Miriam Makeba ( Tunisia 2011 )
Color: Documentary , BW, color, 91’
Direction: Mika Kaurismäki
Screenplay: Don Edkins
Director of Photography: Jacques Cheuiche, Wolfgang Held, Frank P. Lehmann, Martina Radwan, Eran Tah
Music: Andreas Schilling, Miriam Makeba
Editing: Karen Harley, Uwe Dresch, André Bendocchi-Alves
Cast: Miriam Makeba, Zenzi Monique Lee, Nelson Lumumba Lee, Hugh Masekela, Angélique Kidjo
Production: Starhaus Filmproduktion, Millennium Films, Marianna Films, ZDF/Arte
Mama Africa is a tribute to a Miriam Makeba (1932-2008). Forced into early exile in 1959 as a result of her involvement against Apartheid, she went to the USA where she was welcomed by Harry Belafonte. Finding herself in the sights of the FBI following her marriage to Black Panther activist Stokely Carmichael in 1968, she decided to settle in Guinea where she continued to fight the Apartheid regime.
Mika KAURISMÄKI, director, producer, screenwriter and editor from Finland. He directs The Liar in 1980 where her younger brother Aki plays the main role: it is the beginning of a long collaboration, which pushes Aki and Mika Kaurismäki to direct and finance not less than one fifth of the Finnish production since the 80s.