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SA's 'Miners Shot Down' wins big at International Emmy Awards

The hard-hitting documentary tells the story of the Marikana massacre through the eyes of miners.

Poster for the multi-award winning documentary Miners Shot Down. Picture: Facebook
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NEW YORK – The South African documentary Miners Shot Down which looks at the Marikana killings in 2012, has won top honours at the International Emmy Awards.

It picked up an Emmy for Best Documentary at a ceremony in New York last night.

Directed by Rehad Desai, the hard-hitting documentary tells the story of the August 2012 strike at Marikana through the eyes of the miners, which left 44 people dead and scores more injured when police opened fire.
The documentary has found an audience at various film festivals around the world. 

Upon accepting his award, Desai was given a heartfelt standing ovation from the audience.

He told Eyewitness News he hopes local broadcasters will now air his documentary.

Desai says he’s been disappointed that neither the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) nor e.TV has shown the documentary.

He hopes winning an International Emmy might enable more people to see the film. 

‘Many people who have been able to see follow Al Jazeera and a couple of the other channels on DStv. But really, this is a public broadcast piece.”

Miners Shot Down has so far won a number of international prizes.

INTERNATIONAL EMMY AWARDS WINNERS:


Arts Programming
 
Illustre & Inconnu:
Comment Jacques Jaujard a Sauvé le Louvre
(The Man Who Saved the Louvre)
France

Best Performance by an Actor
 
Maarten Heijmans
in Ramses
Netherlands

Best Performance by an Actress
 

Anneke von der Lippe
in Øyevitne (Eyewitness)
Norway

Comedy
 
Doce de Mãe (Sweet Mother)
Brazil

Documentary
 
Miners Shot Down
South Africa

Drama Series
 
Engrenages Saison 5 (Spiral Season 5)
France

Non-English US Primetime Program
 
Arrepentidos - El Infierno de Montoya
United States of Americ
 
Non-Scripted Entertainment
 
50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy
United Kingdom

Telenovela
 
Império (Empire)
Brazil

TV Movie/Mini-Series
 
Soldat Blanc (White Soldier)
France

(Edited by Tamsin Wort) 

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