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African Jim (Aka Jim Comes to Jo'burg) (South Africa, 1949)

Cast: Daniel Adnewmah, Dolly Rathebe, Dan Twala, Sam Maile. Made on the eve of apartheid's inception, this is the first full length feature film made in South Africa with an all native African cast. Featuring top African singers and music of the 1950's, this is a unique record of a lost era. 51 min. [preservation copy]
Reviews and articles: Dovey, Lindiwe; Impey, Angela. "African Jim: sound, politics, and pleasure in early 'black' South African cinema." Journal of African Cultural Studies, Jun2010, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p57-73, 17p Full-text of this article / review is available: UC users only

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