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Title:The making and political life of 'Miners shot down': an interview with Rehad Desai and Anita Khanna
Author:Frassinelli, Pier PaoloISNI
Periodical:Communicatio: South African journal for communication theory and research (ISSN 1753-5379)
interviews (form)
About persons:Rehad Desai
Anita Khanna
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02500167.2016.1209537
Abstract:The interview that follows was conducted in Kensington, Johannesburg, in May 2015. The author had not originally planned to publish it: he interviewed Rehad Desai and Anita Khanna in preparation for a presentation on their documentary 'Miners shot down' (2014) he was going to give at a conference, to be repeated at the annual colloquium organised at the school of Communication at the University of Johannesburg to mark the anniversary of the Marikana massacre. The author had been monitoring the Marikana Support Campaign quite closely, so he was interested in hearing not only about the documentary - the way it frames and narrates the story of the massacre - but also about its role in this multimedia campaign. He wanted the director and producer to share their thoughts on the impact the film had made, on the response at the local and international screenings they had attended, on what the miners of Marikana and their communities thought of it, and on the campaign to have the film screened on South African national television. In the interview, they also describe the involvement of the miners and their communities in the political life of the film and their own experience of filming, producing and promoting the documentary. When 'Miners shot down' won the International Emmy Award for best documentary in november 2015, the author reread the interview and thought others might be interested in it - especially scholars working in media, film and communication studies. [Journal abstract]