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Miners Shot Down (2014): A screening and Discussion with Director Rehad Desai

  • ILR Conference Center, 6th floor 16 E 34th St New York, NY, 10016 United States (map)

The Workers Institute is arranging a screening and discussion for the Acclaimed documentary Miners Shot Down, about the miner strike in South Africa in 2012


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. Told from the perspective 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. (via

Rehad Desai is one of South Africa's best-known documentary filmmakers. A former political exile, Rehad worked as a trade union organizer and as a Director of a HIV prevention NGO. Rehad has directed over twenty documentaries, many of which have seen international broadcast and been accepted into numerous festivals, receiving critical acclaim. His current project, Miners Shot Down, is a synthesis of Rehad's skills as a filmmaker and experience as an activist. 


For more information, please contact Lara Skinner. 
Please RSVP to Christine Long.