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African Jim / Jim Comes to Joburg (1949)The first film to star black South Africans,African JimakaJim Comes to Joburgcaptures the optimism and enthusiasm of post-war South Africa, and a magicalmoment just prior to Apartheid’s crushing of all hope./ Although the film revealsthe patronising attitude to its white British producers, it is historic because of thesensational impact it had on black film audiences nationwide, and fro propelling singerDolly Rathebe into fame. / A must-see for anyone interested in South African filmhistory.”-“The first full length entertainment film to be made in South Africa with an all native cast.”-“It is a simple film and its quaint mixture of the naive and the sophisticated is a truereflection of the African Native in a modern city.”-Jimis from a rural village in South Africa who goes to Johannesburg for work - “native boyin Africa”-omniscient voice over-romanticising rural life - tendering the crop, wide open plains “it was a simple life, it was agood life, and Jim was happy”-romanticises the “modern” - urbanisation - promoting migrant labour (?)-“There comes a time when we feel the urge to leave our villages and tot travel to thecities. Often the young men go for a year, sometimes two years, sometimes evenmore so that they may earn money and then return to their people and buy cattle.

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