Miners Shot Down: Two years after Marikana

Wednesday 21 January 2015, 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Garden Court Chambers

Date: Wednesday 21 January 2015
Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Venue: Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ  

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Join us for a free screening of this powerful film about the Marikana massacre in South Africa, in which 34 striking miners were killed by the authorities in August 2012.

The police insisted that they shot in self-defense. MINERS SHOT DOWN tells a different story, one that unfolds in real time over seven days, like a ticking time bomb. The film weaves together the central point of view of three strike leaders, Mambush, Tholakele and Mzoxolo, with compelling police footage, TV archive and interviews with lawyers representing the miners in the ensuing commission of inquiry into the massacre. What emerges is a tragedy that arises out of the deep fault lines in South Africa's nascent democracy, of enduring poverty and a twenty year old, unfulfilled promise of a better life for all. A campaigning film, beautifully shot and sensitively told with a haunting soundtrack, Miners Shot Down reveals how far the African National Congress has strayed from its progressive liberationist roots.

There will be a discussion after the film with Teboho Mosilili, one of the lawyers working on the public inquiry, and Jim Nichol, a solicitor who has been representing both the families of those killed and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU).

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