Documentary Screening: “Miners Shot Down.” The Story of the South Africa Miners Massacre


April 24, 2014 @ 2:00 am – 4:30 am
La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
$10 suggested donation. no one turned away for lack of funds

Fundraiser for currently striking miners!

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. Using the point of view of the Marikana miners, Miners Shot Down follows the strike from dayone, showing the courageous but isolated fi ght 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.

This is a rare opportunity to see a courageous
documentary in a class of its own — the only
feature-length documentary on the Marikana
massacre. Never before screened in the United
States, the director Rehad Desai has generously
agreed to let us screen this fi lm.
With the impending Bay
Area visit of Mphumzi
Maqungo from the National
Union of Metalworkers
of South Africa (NUMSA), this screening will
provide ample background on the rise of rankand-
fi le militancy in South Africa and the
completion of the African National Congress’ lo


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