IndiePix continues to pump out Sollywood titles through their Retro Akrika Collection. Coming in just a few days, on March 26th, IndiePix will release three new genre titles that pay homage to Hollywood action with groundbreaking B-movie style. This 3-film collection will be released on DVD, VOD, Digital, and via IndiePix’s signature streaming service, IndiePix Unlimited.
All three films are released in their original Zulu language, and come courtesy of Retro Afrika Bioscope, “a label dedicated to locating, acquiring, restoring and re-releasing retro South African films from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, have all have undergone a highly-specialized digital restoration process for optimal viewing.”
The three titles on this new set are Rich Girl, Isiboshwa, and Hostage. Previous titles released via the Retro Afrika Collection are Umbango, Revenge, The Comedians, Fishy Stones, Gone Crazy, and Charlie Steel.
Rich Girl (1980) — Dir. Tonie Van Der Merwe
The work’s cut out for a highly trained bodyguard, tasked with protecting a wealthy businessman’s pampered and beautiful fine arts connoisseur daughter. She’s a girl who doesn’t believe she needs protection from anyone! The two end up kidnapped by thugs, while the crooks have no clue as to what they have in store. Director Tonie Van Der Merwe, one of the most popular filmmakers among black audiences in the 1970s and ’80s with 400 films to his credit, helmed this drama starring Innocent “Popo” Gumede, who was featured in many of Van Der Merwe’s films. (Zulu with English subtitles, 87 mins.)
Isiboshwa (1989) — Dir. Tonie Van Der Merwe
In a wilderness fable of adolescence and greed, a group of boys set out on adventure, lured by a tale of missing treasure. Once the booty they seek is found, they’re overcome by gold-fever and turn on one another. Met with a similarly feverish pair of thieves, they realign in their camaraderie to get the last laugh over their treasure-seeking competitors. Tonie Van Der Merwe directed this adventure-filled caper, starring Popo Gumede Sizwe Dlamini and Hector Mathanda. (Zulu with English subtitles, 70 mins.)
Hostage (1980) — Dir. Michelle Hartslief
Bra Jack and his two underlings, Jabu and Thabi, decide to blackmail a young local businessman, Ben, in the hopes of using one of his warehouses to store a shipment of incoming drugs. Ben, proving himself an upstanding citizen, refuses to cooperate, at least until his wife Thuli is kidnapped by the crooks! Ben turns to a friend, Michael, who helps him come up with a rescue plan in this crime drama starring the prolific Popo Gumede. Co-stars include Dumi Shongwe, Pepsi Mabizela, Vincent Vilakazi and Zanele Nyidi. (Zulu with English subtitles, 69 mins.)