Banned (2024)

Banned

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Details

  • political
  • historical
  • documentary

Logline

The story of South Africa's first film with an all-african cast, Joe Bullet, which was banned by the Apartheid government shortly after release.

Year

2024

Type

Documentary

Format

Feature Film

Country

South Africa

Language

English

Release Date

2024/07/21

Runtime

80 minutes

Stage

Finished

Premiere Platform

Durban Internation Film Festival

Plot Summary

Banned 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.

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Cast

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Gcina Mhlophe

Narrator

Crew

Naledi Bogacwi portrait

Naledi Bogacwi

Director

Naledi Bogacwi portrait

Naledi Bogacwi

Writer

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Vusi Africa

Producer

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Xolani Mkhabela

Cinematographer

Companies

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National Film and Video Foundation

In Association

Gauteng Film Commission logo

Gauteng Film Commission

In Association

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Trial By Media

Producer

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