VSAFFers, don’t miss the Nov. 5 showing of Miners Shot Down, a powerful and haunting documentary about the Marikana massacre.
Co-sponsored by Unifor Local 111, Miners Shot Down screens on Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at SFU Woodward’s, 149 West Hastings St. The film will be followed by a Skype Q&A with director Rehad Desai.
Miners Shot Down has won several awards, including the Jury Award for Best South African Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival, and the Jury Award at the One World Human Rights Festival, the largest human rights film festival in the world.
About Miners Shot Down
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.
About the Director
Rehad Desai is one of South Africa’s best-known documentary filmmakers. A former political exile, Rehad worked as a trade union organizer and as a director of an HIV prevention NGO before entering the film and television industry as a current affairs journalist. He has a Masters in Social History and post-graduate degree in TV and film producing, and a post-graduate diploma in documentary.