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At a film festival, hundreds of films flow by—a relentless river of images—and this viewer sometimes struggles to keep his head above the flood. But I drink the extra macchiato and forgo sleep just to discover the one or two films that will leave me with a feeling of wonder, a sense of greatness. When I heard the film’s co-author Lewis N’kosi introduce Lionel Rogosin’s 1959 anti-apartheid film Come Back, Africa (starring Zacharia Mgabi and Miriam Makeba), I had the feeling that this would be one of the films that make me love my job. I was at a Cinema Ritrovato outdoor screening in Bologna’s Piazza Maggiore and N’kosi’s magnificent voice and words echoed on the ancient buildings surrounding the square. I remember thinking: “This is the kind of film Milestone has to distribute.”…

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