Miners Shot DownDate Released: Mon, 26 May 2014 15:45 +0200
The School of Journalism & Media Studies, UHURU and the Neil Aggett Labour
Studies Unit present a screening of Miners Shot Down, a documentary directed
by Rehad Desai on Tuesday 27th May at 6.30pm at Barratt 2.
Film duration: 85 minutes.
The screening will followed by a Q&A with the director, Rehad Desai, a
Lonmin mineworker, Sobopho Sibonile, and Jim Nichol , the lawyer
representing the families at the Farlam Commission. They will be joined on
the panel by Camalita Naicker, a Rhodes Masters student and Ayanda Kota from
UPM. The panel will be chaired by Michael Neocosmos of UHURU.
The film is an incredibly strong telling of the Marikana story and it won
the Václav Havel Jury Award at the international human rights documentary
film festival, One World in Prague in the Czech Republic, where it was the
In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa's biggest platinum mines
began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days into the strike, the
police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and
injuring many more. The police insisted that they shot in self- defense.
Miners Shot Down tells a different story, one that unfolds in real time over
seven days, like a ticking time bomb. The film weaves together the central
point-of-view of three strike leaders, Mambush, Tholakele and Mzoxolo, with
compelling police footage, TV archive and interviews with lawyers
representing the miners in the ensuing commission of inquiry into the
massacre. What emerges is a tragedy that arises out of the deep fault lines
in South Africa's nascent democracy, of enduring poverty and a twenty year
old, unfulfilled promise of a better life for all. A campaigning film,
beautifully shot, sensitively told, with a haunting soundtrack, Miners Shot
Down reveals how far the African National Congress has strayed from its
progressive liberationist roots and leaves audiences with an uncomfortable
view of those that profit from minerals in the global South.
For more information: http://www.minersshotdown.co.za/