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||IMDB Rating: 7.8/10 from votes
||Release: 1 May 2014 (Japan) /
||Genre: Documentary, History, News, War
||Director: Rehad Desai,
||Synopsis: In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa's biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days into the strike, the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress it, killing 34 and injuring many more. The police insisted that they shot in self-defense. MINERS SHOT DOWN tells a different story, one that unfolds in real time over seven days, like a ticking time bomb. 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. What emerges is a tragedy that arises out of the deep fault lines in South Africa's nascent democracy, of enduring poverty and a twenty year old, unfulfilled promise of a better life for all. A campaigning film, beautifully shot and sensitively told with a haunting soundtrack, MINERS SHOT DOWN reveals how far the African National ...
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Director Rehad Desai pulls no punches in this investigation of the
events and incidents leading up to the massacre of striking platinum
miners at Marikana in August 2012 in which over 100 men were shot, 34
of whom died.
The format of film is relatively straight-forward. After showing live
footage of the police opening fire on the striking miners, Desai
examines events in the preceding days and also takes us further back to
the vexed relationship between the trade unions and the ruling African
National Congress in South Africa. While the police hierarchy takes a
battering in the location footage shot before the massacre and the
hearings held in the aftermath, Desai's real target is ex- unionist
turned multi-millionaire businessman and now deputy president of South
Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa.
Once a respected figure in the ANC and a crucial component of the
transition to democracy that saw South Africa through the trauma and
liberation of the 1994 elections. Desai uses what he can get from the
eloquent and evasive Ramaphosa to suggest that behind the brutality
(and cold-bloodedness in some cases) of the police action, greater
forces were at work to break the strike and cauterise the wound that
divided the trade unions from their political patrons.
While the commission of inquiry material is rather dry, the interviews
are great, but what is most engrossing is the dialogue that one hears
(for the first time) between the miners and the police in the days
before the massacre.
One could accuse Desai of not presenting the full picture, of not
addressing, for example, the stories that suggest the miners had
gathered with an intention to engage in conflict with the police. But
I'm with Emile de Antonio on this one: objectivity is a myth and there
is no such thing as an unbiased documentary. Desai delivers a
provocation, a call to consider the cost of government and capital
turning their combined power on the poor.
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