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Miners Shot Down

Rehad Desai / South Africa / 2014 / 86 ' / English

Credits

Steen Johannessen, Menno Boerema, Kerryn Assaizky, Reuben van der Hammen & Megan Gill
Anita Khanna
Anita Khanna
Outreach Coordinator: Bheki Buthelezi
Consulting Producer: Helle Faber, Bhekizizwe Peterson, Brian Tilley

Awards & Festivals

Audience Prize: Black Movie Film Festival Geneva 2015
Best Documentary Film: FESPACO 2015
Justice Award: Cinema for Peace 2015
Audience Award: African Film Festival Cologne 2014
Human Rights Jury Award: Amnesty International - Diff 2014

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In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages.

Synopsis

In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days later the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more. Using the point of view of the Marikana miners, Miners Shot Down follows the strike from day one, showing the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of low-paid workers against the combined forces of the mining company Lonmin, the ANC government and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers.
What emerges is collusion at the top, spiralling violence and the country’s first post-apartheid massacre. South Africa will never be the same again.

 

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