MARIKANA: A TALE OF INVISIBLE WOMEN

By Mariza MATSHAYA

RZALUTIONARY FILMWORKS AND COMMUNICATIONS - as PROD

Documentary - Pre-Production 2015

Four rural women’s lives collide after a fatal platinum miners’ wage dispute leaves their husbands dead and they have to fight for the survival of their families; when their only choice is to seek work as miners themselves, as they try to find for truth, justice and reconciliation?

    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Documentary, First film
    • Countries
    • SOUTH AFRICA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, Other
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 83 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Mariza MATSHAYA
    • Writer(s)
    • Mariza MATSHAYA
    • Producer(s)
    • Jihan EL TAHRI, Mariza MATSHAYA (Rzalutionary Filmworks / Seismic), Rehad DESAI (Uhuru Communications)
    • Synopsis
    • This film meets four widows Betty Gadlela from Dvokolwako in rural Swaziland, 19 year old Phumeza Mabiya, 30-year-old Nombulelo Nqongophele and cervical cancer survivor Nocingile Sokhanyile from rural Eastern Cape. This multiple protagonist story shares the human stories behind their black veils and mysticism of African cultures pitted in the background of losing your spouse at the hands of law enforcers and becomes a journey of truth, justice and reconciling the past, present and future for these women.
      These four women have been overwhelmed by unthinkable grief and do not really know how to best pick up the pieces of their lives and that of their dependents since they lost their husbands as the world was watching.
      Marikana: A Tale of Invisible Women takes the viewers on a journey beyond the headlines and media fury of the Marikana Miners' Massacre through the women, their families and promises the miners left behind. The inciting incident of the story is 16 August 2012 the day where 34 miners lost their lives at the hands of South African Police Services a day billed as the worst tragedy since Sharpeville 1960.
      Marikana: A Tale of Invisible Women meets the widows, mothers and siblings of the fallen miners as they recollect the day of they lost their husbands, fathers, sons, brothers and breadwinners. We meet these mourners and widows one year after the mining massacre. These four women have been overwhelmed by unthinkable grief and do not really know how to best pick up the pieces of their lives and that of their dependents since they lost their husbands as the world was watching.
      Their loved ones lives were thrust into the spotlight without anyone paying much attention to their plight. These women have no idea how to live beyond the Marikana tragedy and the lengthy Farlam Commission that has now become their only vehicle to find out what happened to their husbands. The thwarted Farlam Commission feels like their way of attaining closure although the process has been flawed in their eyes. These fragile women try to understand how they are supposed to feed their young children, redefining their lives outside their marital existence in African cultures that are patriarchal and leave many women not sure where they belong after they become widows.
      Throughout the story we learn the history of platinum mining in South Africa, discover the genesis of this precious metal, and bear witness to the daily grind of the rock drillers and miners who extract this prized metal from the North West’s Platinum mining belt in a Blood Diamond meets The House I Live In inspired narrative.
    • Partners & financing
    • National Film and Video Foundation
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Jun 01, 2014
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