Miners Shot Down

What happened to the new South Africa?

Directed by Rehad Desai

On August 16, 2012, South African police opened fire on a group of Lonmin mine workers on a wildcat strike at the Marikana Mine, killing 34 and injuring 78…

Miners Shot Down charts the seven days leading up to bloodshed, much of it in real-time. The film uncovers disturbing new footage showing a line of police, with armoured vehicles in the background, firing live ammunition on a crowd of miners who are moving in a huddle towards the police line — challenging the police narrative that they acted in self-defence.

The documentary utilises compelling previously unseen police, security and TV footage, some of which was submitted to the inquiry into the massacre, which is now underway.

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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Award, Human Rights and Dignity Film Festival, Burma 2014
Václav Havel Jury Award, One World Festival
, Czech Republic 2014
Best South African Documentary, Durban International Film Festival 2014


“Worldview has been so easy to work with, they understand the film, the process and the conditions that filmmakers have to face in countries like my own. When you’re working in isolation month after month, sometimes year after year, every little bit of support real matters. The documentary world is tough, and organisations like WorldView make the load of documentary filmmaking a little lighter.” Rehad Desai