Produced in 1971, Louis de Witt's South African crime film Joe Bullet
was one of the first films from that nation to feature an all black cast. Of course, in 1971 South Africa was also in the grips of the apartheid government and so after just two public screenings the film was banned by the government and not seen again for over forty years.
But no more! Joe Bullet
has returned in a newly restored version soon to screen in selection at the Durban International Film Festival! Here's how they describe it:
Joe Bullet tells the story of a mysterious gangster who starts
sabotaging soccer team The Eagles' chance at winning the upcoming
championship final. In the criminal underworld of soccer, only Joe
Bullet can save the championship. Produced in 1971, Joe Bullet was one
of the first South African films featuring an all-African cast. The film
was independently released in 1973 but, after only two screenings, was
banned by the Apartheid government. Now, after more than 40 years, the
film has been digitally restored and is finally available for world-wide
release, courtesy of the Gravel Road film restoration project.
Take a look at the trailer below!
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