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Opening Film 2016: Emmy Award winning "Miners Shot Down"


InfoEntrance: 30 N$


AfricAvenir’s Namibian film series “African Perspectives” celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2016. In 2016 AfricAvenir plans to give Namibian audiences again gourmet cinema from the mother continent and its diaspora. Opening the 2016 series will be the multiple award winning South African documentary Miners Shot Down by Rehad Desai. Only recently the film won the Emmy Award for best international documentary. It also won, among others, the Best Documentary at FESPACO 2015. AfricAvenir toured the film through Namibia in 2014, with the filmmaker in attendance.

Miners Shot Down: Wednesday, 13 January 2016
Time: 18h30,  Where: FNCC, Robert Mugabe Ave, 118, Windhoek
Entrance: 30,- N$

DVDs of the award winning film Miners Shot Down will be on special sale at the screening. Earnings of the dvd sales will go to the Marikana Support Campaign.

About Miners Shot Down
Much has been said about this South African documentary by Rehad Desai and Anita Khana.

AfricAvenir itself has screened the film several times to Namibian audiences at several occasions and locations, touring the film through Namibia in 2014 with Rehad Desai (director), Jabu Mzozo (Marikana Support Campaign), and Mzoxolo Magidiwana (surviving Marikana miner). Globally the film has been screened at over 87 film festivals.

The list of awards it won is endless. In November 2015 the film brought back home to South Africa the Emmy Award for Best Documentary in 2015.
The film's relevance has not dropped. The film recently has been endorsed by the ANC, SABC and E-TV finally agreeing to broadcast the film to South African audiences in December 2015/January 2016.

Rehad Desai’s documentary film charts the chronology of events leading up to the now infamous Marikana Massacre in August 2012.

About African Perspectives in 2016
AfricAvenir celebrates the ten year anniversary of “African Perspectives” in 2016. AfricAvenir will present films such as “Bound – Africans Vs African Americans” by Peres Owino (Kenya/USA), the Lauryn Hill narrated film on Frantz Fanon’s “Concerning Violence” by Goeron Olson (USA), “Things of the Aimless Wanderer” by Kivu Ruhorahoza (Rwanda), a new documentary about one of the founders of PanAfricanism and father of African cinema “Tahar Cheriaa: Under the shadow of the baobab” by Mohamed Challouf (Tunesia), “Fadhma N Soumer” by Belkacem Hadjaji (Algeria), and the African Premiere of “The Unseen” by Perivi Katjavivi (Namibia).

African Perspectives, a monthly African Cinema series in Windhoek, organised by AfricAvenir since 2006, is supported by AfriCine, the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre, Goethe Institute Namibia, and Turipamwe Designs.

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