U.S. Premiere Of Joe Bullet Banned Film

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Cinema Detroit is pleased to present once-banned JOE BULLET’s potent mix of action and suspense in the film’s first-ever United States shows.

Produced in 1971, JOE BULLET was one of the first South African films to feature an all-Black cast. In the political climate of the time, the cast and crew were frequently harassed by the state security services during production. Upon completion in 1973, JOE BULLET screened just twice at a cinema in Soweto, and then was banned by the apartheid government.

The banning order cited, among other issues, the portrayal of a Black man with a gun, driving a nice car, and living in a nice apartment. The film was later “unbanned” after special appeal, but it was never re-released.

JOE BULLET simply disappeared and was thought to be completely lost.

In 2013, however, a print of the film was found in a garage, and it has now been digitally restored by the Gravel Road Distribution Group.

In the film, local soccer team The Eagles, only a week before the championship final, fall prey to sabotage from a mysterious gangster. The team calls on the only man that can save their chances at victory – JOE BULLET (Ken Gampu, who later appeared in The Gods Must Be Crazy). Joe fights villainous henchmen, escapes booby-trap bombs, and brings his martial arts mojo. In the end, he must infiltrate the mysterious gangster’s hide-out in a dangerous mission to save not only The Eagles’ two kidnapped star players but also his love interest, Beauty (singer/activist Abigail Kubeka). The odds are stacked against him, but he’s the man that fights crime, the man that no one can tie down…JOE BULLET!

Combining aspects of James Bond, Westerns, and movies like Shaft and Superfly with a uniquely South African flair, JOE BULLET is a fascinating cultural time capsule and a testament to the triumph of expression over oppression.
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By: Cinema Detroit

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