“We are continuously humbled by the way the film is being appreciated by audiences all over the world. It shows how deeply disturbed people are about what happened at Marikana on 16 August 2012. It is now three years on and the commission of inquiry came to close a year ago. We await a fair and just outcome for the victims.” (Rehad Desai, Director).
Earlier this year Citizens for Justice through the Responsive Mining and Governance Project which it has been implementing in collaboration with Action Aid and support from Tilitonse Fund organised the screening of Miners Shot Down, an award winning documentary based on the Marikana Platinum mine massacre.
The acclaimed film, directed by Rehad Desai, exposes the truth behind the Marikana mineworkers strike and the subsequent massacre. 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. 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 the police.
There were 40 nominees across 10 categories and 19 countries, including Angola, Austria, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States.
The injured and arrested, along with the families of those killed at Marikana, recently learned that President Jacob Zuma plans to appoint a judge assisted by legal experts to expedite the process of civil claims. While this is welcomed, those affected by the massacre are very clear that is not enough. They want criminal prosecution of all those responsible for the massacre.