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. For more information about Rehad Desai’s Emmy-winning film, go to http://www.minersshotdown.co.za/.
In April, Soapbox Pictures is joining with the rosa luxemburg stiftung, Brot für die Welt and others to show Miners Shot Down in the Moviemento on Friday 22 April (6.30pm) and Hackesche Höfe on Sunday 24 April (5pm). On Thursday 21 April, speakers from South Africa will speak at a public meeting at the Volksbühne. More information here.
If you want to further support the Justice campaign for Marikana, look at the leaflet below (in English and German):