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August 2012, Marikana. Workers from one of South Africa's biggest mines begin a strike against their employer, British company Lonmin. 34 miners are shot dead by police and scores more left injured after a six day strike. Playing out like a political thriller, Director Rehad Desai pieces together what happened in those six days through TV archive, police footage, interviews with politicians, the miners and the lawyers representing them. Miners Shot Down reveals a devastating picture of the mechanism of power in South Africa. The final sequence is an uncompromising and chilling depiction of the extremities of police brutality.

Miners Shot Down makes for uncomfortable but essential viewing as it carefully destroys the case set out by Lonmin, the police and the government. What emerges is collusion between the police, the state and corporate interests that leads to spiralling violence and the country's first post-apartheid massacre. South Africa will never be the same again.


What the audience said


'Really powerful, intense.'

'Shocking. Important. Impressive.'

'A chronological look, so easy to follow. Think the comments about singling out Ramaphosa was off-the-mark. Brilliant work!'

'Incredible. Essential. Necessary.'

'Incredibly powerful and thought provoking. More info on how we could support the campaign here in the UK would be helpful.'

'Moving, intimate and honest.'

'Excellent, vital film and an important record of the truth.'


You can click HERE for upcoming screenings.


The MINERS SHOT DOWN website hosts a large amount of information on how to take action and get involved HERE.

In addition the following websites also provide relevant information:

Trade Union Congress
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA)



You can get in touch through the film's wesbite HERE.



Winner: Best S. African Doc, Durban International Film Festival, 2014

Winner: Camera Justitia Jury Award, Movies that Matter Human Rights Film Festival

Official selection: African Film Festival, New York 2014

Official selection: Sheffield Doc Fest, 2014