Under African Skies. Berlinger (Metallica’s Some Kind of Monster, Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru, West Memphis Three’s “Paradise Lost” trilogy), follows Simon as he returns to Johannesburg, South Africa, 25 years after the release of his landmark 1986 record, Graceland, which he calls the biggest achievement of his career. The singer reflects on the music and politics behind Graceland, which was recorded under the apartheid regime, and sold 16 million copies worldwide and won two Grammys for Album of the Year and Record of the Year. The film features interviews with Simon and musicians from both the album and world tour, including Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Hugh Masekela, as well as with Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Quincy Jones, Harry Belafonte, Philip Glass, David Byrne and Lorne Michaels.
In conjunction with its current exhibit, "Paul Simon: Words & Music," the Skirball Cultural Center screens director Joe Berlinger’s excellent 2012, Emmy-nominated documentary,