Recognition for ‘Miners Shot Down’

2015-01-26 00:00

THE dramatic documentary about the August 16, 2012 Marikana massacre, Miners Shot Down, has been nominated for the justice prize by the highly regarded and Berlin-based Cinema for Peace Foundation.

The film, which has already won several awards at festivals in South Africa, Europe and North America, was directed by Rehad Desai, social activist son of the late Pan Africanist Congress stalwart and lawyer, Barney Desai.

Desai and his partner Anita ­Khanna, who together scripted and produced the documentary, have been invited to the annual Cinema for Peace gala event to be held in Berlin on February 9.

The Justice Award was initiated in 2009 by the foundation and International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo.

On hearing about the nomination, Khanna said: “I am looking forward to telling the Marikana miners that they have been recognised in this way. It means they will get worldwide ­attention and what happened will not be forgotten.”

The foundation, that had Nelson Mandela as an honorary patron, ­includes among its supporters Bill and Hillary Clinton, the Dalai Lama and film stars such as Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron. — WR.

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