Remember Marikana – 16 August

In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days into the strike, the police used live ammunition to suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring 78. The Marikana Commission of Inquiry has been sitting since October 2012 and is due to conclude on 30 September. The 16th of August 2014 marks 2 years since the massacre took place.

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Many people who have watched Miners Shot Down have asked us “what can we do to help the justice campaign?” One of the most important things we can do is to make the 16th August a ‘special’ day, similar to the 21st of March, the day of the Sharpeville Massacre and June 16th when 76 school students were mowed down in Soweto, to send a loud message that people will not forget what happened on this day two years ago. We want to remind people of the massacre of 34 strikers by the South African police and honoring the dead and wounded. This is enormously important to the families who lost loved ones on the 16th August 2012, and to the Lonmin platinum miners who took part in the strike.

We are encouraging people to take action on and around the 16th August, to show support for the Justice Now for Marikana campaign. Join one of the events to Remember Marikana on 16th August 2014 in South African events or International events.

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Tell eTV and SABC to show Miners Shot Down

706x410q70gregm-naidoo-subbedOn August 16th all South Africans will pause and reflect on the tragedy that was the Marikana Massacre. As our free to air channel and public broadcaster, eTV and the SABC have a responsibility to tell the story of our first post-Apartheid Massacre. Yet it’s been 5 months since the SABC were asked to screen the documentary, and still no response. As citizens and consumers of SABC and eTV it is important that we come together now and demand that these broadcasters air the documentary. That is why Amandla,  an independent social justice organisation in South Africa, has set up a petition to get Miners Shot Down aired on national television.

To join the 3000 people who have already signed the petition, click here

 

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Al Jazeera to Screen Miners Shot Down

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In the run up to the 2 year commemoration of the massacre in Marikana,  Al Jazeera English will be doing a number of screenings of Miners Shot Down in Africa, during the month of August. Below are the times and dates when you will be able to catch the film – don’t miss it!

13 Aug 22.00 CAT
14 Aug 14.00 CAT
15 Aug 03.00 CAT
16 Aug 08.00 CAT

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Miners Shot Down at Lusaka International Film and Music Festival

We’re excited to announce that Miners Shot Down has been selected to open the Lusaka International Film and Music Festival 2014 on Friday, 26th September. The film will be screened at 8pm at the Levy Junction Mall’s Fresh View Cinemas.

The Lusaka International Film and Music Festival (LIFMF) is an annual 8 day film platform that showcases primarily African feature films, short films and documentaries and hosts a number of workshops as well as a variety of events that feature musical artistic genres. Watch this space for more…

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Rehad Desai on Durban International Film Festival 2014 awards

 

“The prize for best South African documentary went to Rehad Desai’s Miners Shot Down, which also won the Amnesty Intl. (Durban) Human Rights Award, accompanied by a prize of R10,000 ($951) sponsored by the Artists for Human Rights Trust. The film was selected for its profoundly moving portrayal of the Marikana miners’ massacre.”

- Durban International Film Festival

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Miners Shot Down on TV

The AfriDocs Film Week allowed Miners Shot Down to be screened to an audience that would otherwise not have access to this important film. The response was phenomenal, with people commending the film for raising awareness about this tragedy and asking how they could further get involved and help the cause.

“It is good that the film is viewed so widely. The movie has the potential to raise awareness and inform people on an unprecedented scale. The question now becomes where do we go from here.”

After the success of the AfriDocs screenings, we are even more aware of the importance of getting Miners Shot Down aired on national television, as a way to reach an audience of millions that otherwise would not have access to the film. However we’ve been waiting five months for the SABC to tell us whether or not they will broadcast the film. We want as many people as possible to be able to see the film and in order to do so we are actively campaigning to get Miners Shot Down screened on SABC and e.tv. Keep following us for updates and for how you can get involved in the Amandla.mobi campaign to put pressure on the public broadcasters and e.tv to air Miners Shot Down.

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16 August – Day of Action

Many people who have watched Miners Shot Down have asked us “what can we do to help the justice campaign?” One of the most important things we can do is to make the 16th August a ‘special’ day, similar to the 21st of March, the day of the Sharpeville Massacre and June 16th when 76 school students were mowed down in Soweto. These two days are national holidays in South Africa sending out a loud message that people will not forget what the apartheid state did on these two dates. We want the 16th August to be a national holiday, reminding people of the massacre of 34 strikers by the South African police and honoring the dead and wounded. This is enormously important to the families who lost loved ones on the 16th August 2012, and to the Lonmin platinum miners who took part in the strike.

We are encouraging people to take action on and around the 16th August, to show support for the Justice Now for Marikana campaign. Many people are already planning film screenings or protests at police stations.

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What’s being planned?

So far we know that while the big event will take place at Marikana, by the mountain, marches and protests are being planned by various civil society bodies in Soweto, Vaal, Germiston, Kathlehong, and Johannesburg Central.

NUMSA is planning to hold Political Discussion Forums on the day to discuss Marikana and in some cases joining mobilisations and screenings. Various churches across the country will be holding prayer services. Internationally there are at least 10 events being organized. Full details of all of these will be available from 9th August.

Screenings of Miners Shot Down are taking place in Vaal via the Community Assembly, at Pulp Cinema Stellenbosch (15th), at the Bioscope Independent Cinema in Johannesburg.

The African Arts Institute will be supporting the Justice now for Marikana Campaign by embarking on a series of public art interventions in Cape Town. Ideas on the table include mobile bicycle art, street murals, renaming streets to that of the slain miners and much more. To get involved contact the organisers here.

We are still gathering information on the events taking place and will put out a full list in the week prior to the 16th. If you want to plan an event, or are already organizing something that you want on the newsletter, please contact anita@uhuruproductions.co.za

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