The University of the Western Cape's Department of Political Studies invites you to a FREE film screening of Miners Shot Down, a compelling and award-winning documentary (currently perhaps the most-spoken-of film about South Africa) by Rehad Desai that takes a hard look at the Marikana mining strike, and how it became a seminal event in modern South African history.
How did a wage dispute turn so ugly? How do we account for the fact that so many were shot in the back or injured far from police lines? And what does all this tell us about politics and society and economy and power and brutality in the new South Africa?
These are matters that we all need to contemplate – so why not come along to the screening and join in the conversation? Or if you happen to be in Durban from 17 to 27 July, it will also be screened at the Durban International Film Festival – check it out.
There will also be a panel discussion immediately after the first screening at UWC, where academics and filmmakers from UWC, UCT and beyond will be discussing how the film reflects current labour, social and economic issues in South Africa. Panelists will include Prof Sakhela Buhlungu (Dean of Humanities at UCT and leading labour analyst), Dr Suren Pillay (UWC Centre of Humanities), Terry Bell (Independent labour analyst) and Mariza Matshaya (a young black female film producer currently making a film on Marikana from the perspectives of women, especially the wives of the deceased miners).
Date: 17 July 2014
Venue: GH1, UWC Main Campus, Robert Sobukwe Road
Date: 23 July 2014
Venue: SC8, UWC Main Campus, Robert Sobukwe Road