BANNED

Naledi Bogacwi |
South Africa |
2024 |
80Min |
English
13 LPV
Joe Bullet follows the story of the iconic film Joe Bullet 1973. Produced in 1971, starring Ken Gampu, Sol Rachilo, and Abigail Kubeka, it was the first film to feature an all-African cast. Shortly after its release in 1973 at the Eyethu Cinema (Soweto), it was banned by the government. It was never screened again. It features the original surviving cast Kubeka and Rachilo, producer Tony Van Der Merwe, and banned filmmaker Kevin Harris. The voices of Dr. Gcina Mhlophe, Dr. Mbongeni Ngema, and Dr. Kgotso Nkhatho narrate the atrocities of censorship at the peak of apartheid South Africa.
Naledi Bogacwi
Vusi Africa
Xolani Mkhabela
Naledi Bogacwi
Abigail Kubeka, Mbongeni Ngema, Gcina Mhlophe, Sol Rachilo, Kevin Harris, Malcom Purkey, Kgotso Nkhatho, Mercy Pakela

Screenings

21 July 14:30 Suncoast 7
24 July 19:30 Gateway 9

Naledi Bogacwi

Award-winning producer and co-founder of the esteemed independent film house, Trial by Media Films, Naledi Bogacwi has a master’s degree in film and television. Her journey into the cinematic realm began with her first feature film, Letters of Hope, which premiered in competition at the 40th Durban International Film Festival where it was awarded for Artistic Bravery. Her follow-up feature, Surviving Gaza garnered fourteen nominations at the Africa Academy Awards where it secured three awards, including the Best Director. Banned is her debut feature film.