Miners Shot Down

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 POV 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, spiraling violence and the country’s first post-colonial massacre. South Africa will never be the same again.



Country of Production
South Africa

Year of Production

DCP, HDCam, BluRay

52 / 86 min

Rehad Desai

Uhuru Productions in co-production with IKON, DRTV, SVT, RTS, NRK, NHK, YLE

Original Language
English, Xhosa, Zulu

English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, German

Festivals / Awards

One World HRFF Prague 2014 (The Václav Havel Jury Award)
Paris HRFF 2014
Movies that Matter HRFF 2014 (Camera Justitia Award)
Ciné Droit Libre Senegal 2014
New York African FF 2014
Cannes FF 2014
Sydney IFF 2014
Encounters IDF 2014 (Special Choice Award)
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014
Myanmar HRFF 2014 (Aung San Suu Kyi Award)
Durban IFF 2014 (Award for Best South African Documentary and the Amnesty Intl. (Durban) Human Rights Award)
Signes de Nuit FF Berlin 2014
Lusaka Int. Music FF 2014
Festival des Libertés Brussels 2014
Bogota FF 2014
Vilnius HRFF 2014
Cinémas d’Afrique FF Apt 2014
Ciné Droit Libre FF 2015
Watch Docs HRFF Warsaw 2014
Black Movie FF Geneva 2015 (Audience Award)
Big Sky IDF Missoula 2015
Cinema for Peace Award for Justice 2015
Luxor African FF 2015
DocuDays IDF Kyiv 2015
Sucre HRFF 2015 (Honorable Mention)
Nuremberg HRFF 2015
Cinéma Verité IDF Tehran 2015
Zurich HRFF 2015
DocEdge IDF New Zealand 2016 (Best International Feature Documentary Award)
Visions du Réel Nyon 2017
CinéDoc Tbilisi 2018

South African Film & Television Award (SAFTA) 2015 for Best Documentary Feature
International EMMY Award for Best Documentary 2015