South African Miner Massacre Documentary and Corporate Exploitation

March 5, 2014 | Marina Galperina

Rehad Desai’s Miners Shot Down documentary feature just premiered at the One World Film Festival 2014 in Prague. Using unedited news and archival footage and testimonies, the film exposes the 2012 massacre of workers at the Lonmin-owned platinum mine in Marikana. The police had opened fire on protesting miners and killed 34, then falsified documents and testimonies. Some of the cops “retaliated in self-defense,” days later. The doc chronologically deconstructs the events, providing a clearer view of the deliberately hidden specifics and the bigger picture of country’s history of Apartheid, “state power and corporate exploitation.”