Miners Shot Down

Miners Shot Down exposes the 2012 Marikana massacre where 34 striking miners were killed by South African Police. Rehad Desai masterfully chronicles the events leading to the tragedy, revealing complicity between Lonmin, the ANC government and the police.


Black Movie Film Festival (2015) – Winner: Audience Award

Cinema for Peace Awards (2015) – Winner: Cinema for Peace Award for Justice

Docudays UA Int'l Doc Human Rights FF (2015) – Nominated: DOCU/RIGHTS: Special Mention

Docudays UA Int'l Doc Human Rights FF (2015) – Nominated: DOCU/RIGHTS: Best Film

Documentary Edge Festival (2016) – Winner: World Cinema Award: Best International Feature

South African Film and Television Awards (2015) – Winner: SAFTA Golden Horn: Best Documentary Feature

Screenings – CT
BerthaMFri 23 June 1.15pm
Screenings – JHB
GIFri 30 June 12.30pm+ Q&A


Rehad Desai


South Africa



Running Time:

86 min


On 16 August 2012, the South African Police shot and killed 34 striking miners at the Lonmin platinum mine at Marikana. For the past six days, the dead and injured men had been fighting for an increase to their meagre wages after negotiations with Lonmin management and competing unions had resulted in the resounding silence of stalemate. Only once the first shots were fired, resurrecting painful memories of Sharpeville and apartheid suppression, did the country begin to listen. Chronicling the days leading up to the strike and subsequent massacre, Rehad Desai masterfully compiles a comprehensive and damning account of complicity between Lonmin, the ANC government and their allies within the National Union of Mineworkers and the police force. One of the most important films of post-apartheid South Africa, Miners Shot Down is essential viewing for every citizen, a battling document that will reverberate for years to come.

Courtesy of the Director