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, this documentary follows the strike showing the courageous fight waged by low-paid workers against the mining company, 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. The country will never be the same again.
Following the documentary, join us for an optional facilitated discussion with Carolyn Bassett, from Political Science & IDS at the University of New Brunswick.
An optional discussion will follow the film. Films are free to the public. Donations are welcome to help with network membership fees. (Washrooms are not accessible, sorry.)
Cinema Politica Fredericton Screens: Miners Shot Down | March 18, 2016 | 180 St. John Street | 7 p.m. | no charge