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After Miners Shot Down, The Giant Must Fall

Rehad Desai, director of International Emmy award winning film, Miners Shot Down, will release follow up film, The Giant is Falling, at the end of this month at the Johannesburg Film Festival. The film is co-directed by first time director, Jabulani Mzozo.

Desai made the decision to have the international premiere of the film at the first edition of the Johannesburg Film Festival, where the film has been selected for competition.

“It feels so right that we are opening the film in South Africa. This is a film about our present reality. The film raises questions about whether the big events we’ve seen in the last few years, including the brutality we saw at Marikana and the high octane battles over tertiary education, are an inevitable outcome of the inequality we inherited.”

(Rehad Desai, Director, The Giant is Falling).

Media are cordially invited to attend the World Premiere, at 8pm on the 29th October at the Alexander Theatre in Braamfontein.

This will be the first of four screenings at the festival.

“Given the nature of this film, we do not expect to get a local broadcast anytime soon, so catch it while you can.”

(Rehad Desai, Director, The Giant is Falling).

 The European Premiere will take place at International Documentary Festival Amsterdam in November, the largest and most prestigious documentary film festival in the world.

Synopsis

 Shot over two years, and supported by a number of international broadcasters, The Giant is Falling provides an inside look at the big political events of recent years that seemingly signify the dying days of the ANC in South Africa. Locating the moment when things fell apart as the Marikana Massacre, the film charts the various ways people have collectively responded to the ANC’s failure to deliver on its promises. From the end of the ANC’s special relationship with the trade unions, to the #FeesMustFall student movement, to the more recent and crushing electoral losses at the polls for the party of liberation, the thread is the festering sore of inequality that is making the current status quo untenable.

Duration 77 min

The Giant Is Falling

Joburg Film Festival

The screening will take place at the Alexandra Theatre Braamfontein

Date    : Saturday 29 October 2016

Time   : 19H30 for 20H00

Venue : Alexandra Threatre, 36 Stiemens Street, Corner De Beer,  Braamfontein

RSVP   : rsvp@thegiantisfalling.co.za

For media inquiries regarding the Johannesburg Film Festival: percy@joburgfilmfestival.co.za

For inquiries about the film: Uhuru Productions 011 339 1063

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Miners Shot Down Facilitators Guide – Engaging Dialogue

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Miners Shot Down is more than a documentary film. It’s part of a much broader campaign which works on behalf of the families of those killed and injured at Marikana Massacre and the 270 miners arrested by the state. The movement is spearheaded by the Marikana Support Campaign and is supported by a range of legal NGO’s and other groups. The Campaign aims to expose the truth of what happened at Marikana, work for justice for those slain and the families they leave behind, and provide tools for community based organisations to support the work of public interest and non-governmental organisations.

The Miners Shot Down film has played a  central role to building the campaign. With screenings across the globe the film has taken the story of what happened to the miners at Marikana to large auditoriums and small community spaces. Out of these screenings free and open dialogues  have emerged, conversations between participants that have helped to not only create awareness of what happened, but have also developed critical responses and calls to actions to support the campaign.

To help facilitate these discussions we have produced a facilitators guide that can be used in conjunction with the film. The guide aims to empower participants by allowing them to express their opinions so that they can learn from the film and from each other. We have made the Facilitators guide available for public download and it can be found at the link below.

Pleases don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions, it’s only through continued dialogue that we can grow and continue our battle for justice.

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