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Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema - Trailer

The tale of a self-made Sowetan entrepreneur climbing the Hillbrow criminal underworld ladder one rung at a time.

ALL LUCKY KUNENE ever wanted was a BMW seven series and a house with a sea view. But born into a poor family in Soweto in the dying years of Apartheid, the odds were stacked against him. However, working a menial, dead end job, was never an option for this ambitious, talented and impatient young man. You see, to Lucky Kunene and many of his generation, battling the police is a badge of honour, and doing time in jail is an everyday reality. It is not until he falls under the spell of NAZARETH MBOLELO, a Russian trained, ex ANC soldier, with a vendetta against the old regime, that Kunene and his best friend ZAKES, are plucked from the nursery slopes of crime, and roped into armed robbery. Carjacking, or "affirmative repossession" as it is euphemistically called, gives him a glimpse at a brighter world. A Datsun pick up truck gets him a suit. A Toyota lands him a new fridge. A Mazda equals a new wardrobe. A Mercedes scores him a new hi-fi, a VCR and a new sofa. From there it's a roller coaster ride into cash-in-transit heists and bank robberies. Then, after a daring heist goes wrong, Nazareth is arrested and most of his gang are shot dead by the police. Kunene and Zakes narrowly escape and decide to make a clean break of it. They leave Soweto for Hillbrow, inner city Johannesburg. Five years later all Kunene and Zakes have to show for their endeavours is a failing taxi business. What started out as an honest days' work has turned into a treacherous death trap involving shootouts with rival taxi gangs, and finally the carjacking of their own taxi. So much for Egoli - the place of gold. Kunene lives in a once grand, but run down tenement, strewn with prostitutes, junkies and illegal immigrants. The landlords collect rent, while working people live twenty to an apartment. Kunene has an idea. He sets up the Hillbrow People's Housing Trust, and promises the tenants a better deal in return for their rent. Once in possession of the money, Kunene ru...

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