Miners Shot Down

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Rehad Desai
South Africa
2014
86min
English, Xhosa, Zulu

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 the begining, showing the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of underpaid 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, spiraling violence, and the country’s first post-apartheid massacre. South Africa will never be the same again.

Projections: 
11.16. Thursday 18:00
Trafó
English & Hungarian Subtitles
Producer: 
Rehad Desai
Anita Khanna
Editor: 
Menno Boerema
Ruben van der Hammen
Megan Gill
Kerryn Assaizky
Steen Johannessen
Camera: 
Nic Hofmeyr
Shadley Lombard
Jonathan Kovel
Sound: 
President Kapa
Music: 
Philip Miller
Distribution info: 
Deckert Distribution GmbH
Awards: 
One World Human Rights Film Festival Prague - The Václav Havel Jury Award (2014)
Black Movie Film Festival, Geneva - Audience Prize (2015)
Cinema for Peace Justice Award (2015)
Britdoc Impact Award (2016)