Movies banned during apartheid back on the big screen

Many things were banned by the apartheid regime, even if they did not have any political undertones.

One such movie was Joe Bullet, a film starring Ken Gampu as the hero.

It was banned after just two screenings and was never seen again - even after it was later unbanned.

Film producer Tonie van der Merwe and Gravel Road Film Distribution has taken the opportunity to re-release a number of movies from that era.

After a restoration process, they have been shown at international film festivals – and also at come independent screenings in South Africa but most recently enjoyed its first ever commercial screening in Detroit.

Take a listen to director Tonie van der Merwe Director and Ben Cowley CEO of Gravel Road Film Distribution chatting to Kieno Kammies about their project:

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