Miners Shot Down

  • Director – Rehad Desai
  • Photography – Nicolaas Hofmeyr, Shadley Lombard, Jonathan Kovel
  • Producer – Rehad Desai
  • Editors – Menno Boerema, Ruben van der Hamen, Kerryn Assaizky, Megan Gill, Steen Johannessen
  • Sound Records – President Kapa
  • Original Music – Philip Miller
  • Duration – 86 min.
  • Year –  2014
  • Country – South Africa


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, spiraling violence and the country’s first post-colonial massacre. South Africa will never be the same again.

Screening on: 6 May / 19:00 / Kolga

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