What the camera sees it films pitilessly, without sympathy, without taking
sides, it begins. This film only says farewell to the old Africa and gives the
world a picture of its agony. As colonialism collapsed in 1960s Africa,
Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi rushed to the Dark Continent to record
the horrifying battle for control that followed. Here was a world now ruled by
rebels and refugees, plunderers and poachers, mercenaries and murderers, a land
suddenly aflame with brutality, racism and unspeakable slaughter. At the risk of
their own lives, the filmmakers cameras captured it all. The result is a daring
and disturbing work that ranks among the greatest achievements in documentary
cinema, an experience that remains as shocking and shockingly relevant as it was
40 years ago. This is AFRICA BLOOD AND GUTS!
Despite thunderous acclaim, worldwide controversy drove this masterpiece from
American theaters shortly after its premiere. Some years later, U.S.
distributors would remove over 45 minutes of political content and re-release
it, a move that Prosperi and Jacopetti both disowned and despised. Blue
Underground is proud to present this original 128-minute version of AFRICA BLOOD
AND GUTS (aka AFRICA ADDIO), now fully restored for the first time.