One of the first South African films to feature an all African cast, “Joe Bullet”, has been restored and will be screened for the first time after 44 years in South Africa.
The drama flick, starring Ken Gampu, Abigail Kubeka and Joe Lopez, follows the hero Joe Bullet (played by Ken Gampu) who comes to the rescue of a local soccer team, The Eagles, after they are terrorized by a mysterious gangster.
The film was independently released in 1973 in the Eyethu cinema in Soweto, and after only two screenings, it was banned by the then apartheid government. It was later unbanned after special appeal and a personal screening to the Minister of Communications, but never made it back to the big screen afterwards.
Here’s the official trailer for the movie:
The film will be at various cinemas across the country, so make sure to follow updates here on the movie’s Facebook page.