Under African Skies (2012)

Paul travels back to South Africa, his first trip back in 25 years, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the historic Graceland album.  Paul reunites with the band to give a reunion concert and that present tense thread is used to tell the story of the turbulent birth of the album. Despite its huge success and it being the first popular/successful example of fusing American and African musical styles, it was initially met with tremendous political crossfire, as Paul was accused of breaking the UN cultural boycott.  Paul revisits these ghosts as the musical journey is explored.


Audience Award, Documentary Feature
SXSW Film Festival
Outstanding Sound Mixing for Non-fiction Programming  
Primetime Emmy Awards
Outstanding Nonfiction Special
Primetime Emmy Awards


Directed and Produced by
Joe Berlinger 
Produced by
Jon Kamen 
Justin Wilkes 
Edited by
Joshua L. Pearson 
Executive Producers
Bob Richman 
Molly Thompson 
Robert Debitetto
David McKillop
Robert Friedman
Frank Scherma
Eddie Simon 
Richard Story
Adam Block
Gil Arnow
Consulting Producer
Hugh Masekela