Remember Marikana: 2nd anniversary screening of ‘Miners Shot Down’

On the second anniversary of the Marikana massacre, we invite you to a special screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary Miners Shot Down.


Date: Saturday 16 August 2014

Time: 6.15 pm

Venue: The Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town

Ticket prices: R40

Reserve tickets by calling the Labia box office on 021 424 5927

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 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.


What emerges is collusion at the top, spiralling violence and the country’s first post-apartheid massacre. South Africa will never be the same again.

What actually happened at Marikana on that fateful winter’s day two years ago? What were the circumstances leading up to the shootings? And who is to blame?

Police over killed strikers

This feature documentary from South African filmmaker Rehad Desai captures the shocking events, providing much needed background and analysis.

One of the most important South African films of recent years. Don’t miss it!

The screening will be followed by an audience discussion with veteran labour journalist, author and commentator Terry Bell.


This event is presented by the Labia, Uhuru Productions, the Tri Continental Film Festival and While You Were Sleeping, a Cape Town-based non-profit organisation committed to bringing progressive, non-mainstream documentaries with important social, political and environmental messages to South African audiences. While You Were Sleeping is a registered South African Non Profit Organisation (NPO registration no: 137-167 NPO).


The Labia:
021 424 5927

More about the film:

While You Were Sleeping:
Dougie Dudgeon | 082 560 2296 |
Andreas Späth | 084 749 9470 |






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