Doccie of struggle against mining rights wins various awards

2015-09-03 06:00
=Nonhle Mbuthuma at Mtentu River Estuary which will be affected by the proposed titanium mining.
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=Nonhle Mbuthuma at Mtentu River Estuary which will be affected by the proposed titanium mining. Photo: SUPPLIED

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The Shore Break, a documentary about the proposed titanium mine and tolled highway on the Wild Coast, has garnered a series of top awards since it premiered at IDFA in Amsterdam earlier this year.

Awards of this documentary directed by Ryley Grunenwald, and co-produced with Odette Geldenhuys, now include the Best Feature Length Documentary at the 2015 International Environmental Film Festival (FIFE) in Paris, the Backsberg Audience Choice Award from Encounters, the Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award and the overall Audience Award from DIFF, and a nomination for Best Documentary at Silwerskermfees in Camps Bay.

Described by the jurors of the Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award as a “powerful portrayal of a struggle within a local community regarding foreign mining rights in a pristine environment,” (it) “concisely and movingly uncovers this complex and urgent matter, which is still under investigation and in need of public support.”

“We are delighted about these accolades.

“Not only for ourselves but for the fact that these issues are being highlighted and the community’s challenges are made visible to an external environment other than the one in which they exist,” say Grunenwald and Geldenhuys.

It is for this reason the two have made a decision to release the film as a DVD and on the Video on Demand platform Vimeo, as part of an endeavour to highlight the issues at play to a broader audience.

From tomorrow, the film will be distributed via direct sale of DVDs in South Africa via www.theshorebreakmovie.com for R100 for individuals and R1000 for organisations, institutions and associations who require a wider range of screening rights.

)The Shore Break will also be available throughout Africa for Video on Demand online rentals via www.theshorebreakmovie.com or https://vimeo.com/ondemand/theshorebreak

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