AfriDocs Film Week

Exciting news for Miners Shot Down –  the film will be broadcasted on DStv as a part of the Afridocs Film Week. Below is the press release with all the details…


A world first will be taking place this month when a full week of African documentary films are broadcast across sub-Saharan Africa on DStv channel ED (channel 190) and GOtv (channel 65).

This unique film event will see a diverse and exciting range of films screened across 49 countries of sub-Saharan Africa, to coincide with the Durban International Film Festival, the largest film festival in South Africa that takes place from July 17th – 27th.

One of the films to be screened will be the South African film Miners Shot Down – the powerful and riveting documentary about the shooting down of 34 mineworkers in August 2012.

Miners Shot Down, the documentary that many commentators have said every South African should see, is also resonating deeply with international audiences due to its global themes of democracy, worker’s rights, citizen activism and freedom of speech.

The film, which will be screened on Thursday 24th July at 19:30 on DStv channel 190 and GOtv channel 65 as part of the AfriDocs Film Week, will also be screened during the Durban International Film Festival.

In the four short months since it was released, Miners Shot Down has been screened to large numbers of people at film festivals across the globe, in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and Australasia and will be shown in a host of festivals over the coming months, including special 20 Years of Democracy screenings in Berlin and New York.

With 2014 being used by many to showcase the achievements of South Africa’s 20 years of democracy, Miners Shot Down presents an alternative view – one that needs to be seen and heard beyond the borders of South Africa.

The power of the film and its relevance for people across Africa and the globe is based on its bold and unabashed critique of South Africa in its 20th year of democracy. Taking the Marikana shootings head on – Miners Shot Down – is essential viewing for anyone concerned about preserving the basic democratic rights of citizens whether it is in South Africa, across the African continent or beyond.  With this in mind, a number of independently organized impact screenings of the film have taken place in Europe, including the UK.

The film has also garnered four awards to date.

  • Vaclav Havel Award, One World Film Festival, Prague, Czech Republic, 2014 – Best Film
  • Camera Justitia Award, Movies That Matter, The Hague, Holland, 2014 – Best Film
  • Aung San Suu Kyi Award, Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival, Myanmar, 2014 – Best Film
  • Special Choice Award, Encounters South African, International Documentary Film Festival, South Africa, 2014

For the full programme schedule and synopses of the films, please go to the AfriDocs website and Facebook page.

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