Miners Shot Down

Director: Rehad Desai
Countries: South Africa
Year: 2014
Running Time: 86 min.
Language: English

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 their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers.

About the Director

Rehad Desai

Biography: Rehad Desai is a former political exile from South Africa, who returned to his home country in 1990. Desai entered the television and film industry as a producer and director in 1996. In 1997, he completed his master’s degree in social history at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; he then completed a postgraduate degree in television and film production through AVEA in 2000. He runs his own film and television company, Uhuru Productions, which produces documentary and dramatic works. He is also the director of the Tri-Continental Film Festival, and is active in the self-organization of filmmakers.

(Source: Through African Eyes – Conversations with the Directors – Volume 2, BONETTI Mahen and SEAG Morgan (Editors), 2010, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.106)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
My Land My Life (2002);
Born into Struggle (2004);
Bushman’s Secret (2006);
You Chuse (2010 – Anita Khanna).

Filmography:
The Bank, the Bodybuilders and the Businessman (1998);
Has Socialism Failed Us? (2000);
Carlos Cardoso: An Independent Spirit (2001);
Dilemma (2002);
My Land My Life (2002);
The Untouchables (2003);
Death of a Bushman (2004);
Born into Struggle (2004);
Looting the Nation (2004 – Anita Khanna);
Taking Back the Waves (2005);
Bushman’s Secret (2006);
The Heart of Whiteness (2006);
Bhambatha – War of the Heads 1906 (2007);
You Chuse (2008 – Anita Khanna);
It Happened to Me (2008 – Rehad Desai, Arya Lalloo, Darryl Els, Michael Matsie);
The Father Inside (2009 – Rehad Desai, Arya Lalloo);
The Battle for Johannesburg (2010 – Rehad Desai, Darryl Els);
The Weather Gods (2011);
COP17: An Activists Diary (2011);
Smoke in the Sky (2011);
Permission to Stay (2011);
Miners Shot Down (2014).