Preview Screening: Miners Shot Down + Q&A

Screening Thursday 5 June 2014, 7:00 PM

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Rehad Desai moderated by journalist and filmmaker Inigo Gilmore.

In August 2012, mine workers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a strike for better wages. This peaceful demonstration was brought down violently by an intervention from state police forces, killing 34 miners and injuring many more.

Director Rehad Desai followed the strike from day one. Through testimonies and previously unseen police, security and TV footage, he reconstructs what happened in Marikana and the aftermath. What emerges is collusion at the top and spiralling violence. Miners Shot Down paints a disturbing picture of the mechanisms of power in South Africa, where corporations make profits by exploiting the poorest.

Directed by Rehad Desai
Duration: 85′
Year: 2014