This month SABC1 brings you the Mayibuye Film festival

Date: Apr 11, 2014

Come Sunday 13 April 2014 and SABC1 Mzansi Fo Sho will start airing a series of never-seen-before films, dubbed Mayibuye Film Festival, in celebration of Freedom Month.

A total of 6 films produced in the 70’s and 80’s will air in the Sunday evening timeslot from 20h30 onwards, and viewers will enjoy a feast of 2 retro movies per day. The films are produced by Gravel Road Entertainment Group’s Retro Africa.

“As Mzansi’s Official storyteller, it gives us great pleasure to be the channel of choice to broadcast these historic films that tells real and rooted Mzansi stories and, are confident that they will find resonance with our audience,” says Phuthi Moloto, the Channel’s Portfolio Marketing Manager responsible for Drama.

Mayibuye Film Festival will present SABC1 television audiences the first 6 of hundreds of lost South African films from the 70's and 80's. Not only is this the first time the films will be seen by audiences in over 20 years, but it will also be their first ever TV debut.


The SABC1 Mayibuye Film Festival movies are scheduled as:

Sunday 13 April 2014

  • Ambushed (Action) @ 20h30




A young game ranger will have to track down a dangerous group of army deserters in a desperate attempt to rescue his kidnapped wife and son.


  • Ezintandaneni (Drama) @ 21h50




A moving tale involving two orphans, a widower and a beautiful social worker, and how their lives all come together at the end.


Sunday 20 April 2014


  • Joe Bullet (Action) @ 20h30



In a criminal underworld of soccer, one man will have to save the championship.


  • Bona Mansi (Action) @ 22h00


A game ranger and his chief ranger set out on a daring rescue mission when his two nephews are kidnapped by dangerous poachers deep in the African bush. 


Sunday 27 April 2014

  • Treasure Hunters/Ukuzingala (Adventure) @ 20h30



After hearing a tale of a mysterious lost treasure, an old man’s family heads off on a perilous journey only to suffer the same fate as the shipwrecked survivors from sixty years ago.

Isiboshwa (Adventure) @ 21h50



While on a camping trip, three teenage brothers go from being the hunted to the hunters in an effort to snare and catch a dangerous thief.

Retro Afrika Bioscope is Gravel Road Entertainment Group's specialty release label for classic retro African content. In 2013 Gravel Road launched an initiative to locate, digitally restore and re-release films produced for the oppressed majority (African) audiences in the 70's and 80's under the old South African film subsidy schemes.

“Very few people are aware that there were literally hundreds of movies produced for African audiences during the Apartheid era, the majority of these (films) are pure entertainment and range in genres from Comedy to Westerns in local vernacular,” says group CEO Benjamin Cowley. “This was the beginnings of our industry and no-one has paid any homage to this. This our way of honoring those who contributed to the development of our industry under the most trying of circumstances, where cast and crew were forced to eat, be transported and accommodated separately because of the colour of their skin.”

Celebrate Freedom Month Mzansi Fo Sho style! Watch Mayibuye Film Festival for an unforgetable magical journey into the 70’s and 80’s – exclusively on SABC1!


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