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Title:Miners shot down: a documentary feature film that uncovers the truth behind the Marikana massacre
Editor:Desai, Rehad
City of publisher:Johannesburg
Publisher:Uhuru Productions
Geographic term:South Africa
political repression
documentary films (form)
videos (form)
External links:https://youtu.be/g2GbCoKioEs
Abstract:In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa's biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six day later, on August 16, the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing thirty-four people and injuring many more. The police insisted that they shot in self-defense. Using the point of view of the Marikana miners, this documentary film tells a different story, following 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. The film weaves together the central point of view of three strike leaders, Mambush, Tholakele and Mzoxolo, with compelling police footage, TV archive and interviews with lawyers representing the miners in the ensuing commission of inquiry into the massacre. Note: this free online version is interrupted by commercials. [Abstract ASC Leiden]