Miners Shot Down

Wed 5 Nov| 20:30| Hackney Picturehouse

Miners Shot Down [DOC]

Dir. Rehad Desai

South Africa. 2014. 86min. Colour. English, Zulu with English subtitles.

August 2012, Marikana. Workers from one of South Africa’s biggest mines begin a strike for better wages against their employer, British company Lonmin. Six days later, police brutally suppress the strike leaving 34 miners shot dead and scores more injured. Miners Shot Down pieces together what happened in those six days through TV archive, police footage, interviews with politicians, the miners and the lawyers representing them, revealing a devastating picture of the power structures governing present-day South Africa. What emerges is the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of exploited workers against the combined forces of the mining industry, the ANC government and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers. After the country’s first post-apartheid massacre, South Africa will never be the same again.

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