Recently the competition for viewers on a pay as you go basis has heated up. The latest of these to hit my inbox is VIDI. What follows is the press release, slightly adapted by me.
“The harrowing documentary Miners Shot Down – which was recently released on VIDI – has scored an International Emmy Award-nomination in the Best Documentary category.
There were 40 nominees across 10 categories and 19 countries, including Angola, Austria, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States.
The acclaimed film, directed by Rehad Desai, exposes the truth behind the Marikana mineworkers strike and the subsequent masscacre. Using the point-of-view of the miners, Miners Shot Down follows the strike from day one, showing the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of low paid workers against the combined forces of the mining company, Lonmin, the ANC government and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers. Six days after the strike began, the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the workers, killing 34 and injuring many more. What emerges is collusion at the top, spiralling violence and the country’s first post-colonial massacre.
On seeing the film, Lee Hall, screenwriter of Billy Elliot, was moved to write: It is impossible not to be both appalled and deeply moved by not only the human injustice but also the political tragedy which Marikana represents. It is an extremely important document not simply to understand the specifics of this incident but also to understand the profound challenges for South Africa. It is essential viewing. It is impossible to watch without feeling a profound sense of outrage.
Released in 2014, Miners Shot Down has received worldwide acclaim and gone on to win multiple awards including:
• The Cinema for Peace Award-Winner 2015
• The Václav Havel Jury Award at the One World Human Rights Film Festival
• Camera Justitia Jury Award at the Movies That Matter Human Rights Film Festival
• The Aung San Suu Kyi Jury Award at Hrhdiff, Myanmar
• The Audience Award at the African Film Festival, Cologne
• The Audience Prize at The Black Movie Film Festival, Geneva
• The Best Reality Documentary Award at The Ugu Film Festival, South Africa
• Jury 1st Prize For Documentary, Fespaco, Burkina Faso
• Best Documentary Feature South African Film And Television Awards
• Human Rights Jury Award, Amnesty International, Durban International Film Festival
“Every year, the international television community competes to be recognized for excellence on the International Emmy’s global stage.” said Bruce L. Paisner, President & CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “We congratulate the 2015 Nominees for their outstanding programs and performances.”
Winners will be announced at a black-tie Ceremony on November 23, 2015 at the Hilton New York Hotel.
Fingers crossed that this important film wins another major award – an International Emmy – to add to its already impressive trophy cabinet.
Other documentaries in the Uhuru Prductions collection include: Alexandra My Alexandra, Father Inside, Bhambatha: War of the Heads 1906, The Choir, Taking Back the Waves Nasser Tapes, Cops 17: An Activist’s Diary, Weather Gods, Permission to Stay, Battle for Johannesburg, You Chuse, Bushmen’s Secret, The Heart of Whiteness, Born into Struggle, Looting the Nation, My Land My Life, Dilemma and Carlos Cardoso: An Independent Spirit
For more information on these and the hundreds of other movie and TV titles visit http://www.vidi.co.za.
Also visit Uhuru Productions at http://uhuruproductions.co.za/
VIDI, internet TV built for South Africa, is the first South African video on demand streaming service to offer both a monthly subscription option and/or an instant rental option across one platform. There is no programme scheduling but rather instant access to thousands of hours of entertainment. Available across multiple devices, viewers have two options: Unlimited Subscription to a library of movies and award-winning TV series for only R149 per month or a daily rate of only R5. Sign up is easy with the seven days on subscription offered as a trial period. Viewers don’t require a dish or a decoder and they can cancel their subscription anytime as there are no contracts. Viewers also have the option to Instantly Rent the latest releases just off the circuit for R27 and a selection of premier library titles from as little as R15. Viewers can watch VIDI content on multiple devices that can stream content, including PC, Mac, Laptop, Apple and Android Tablets and Smartphones. VIDI is not only an advert- free and schedule-free platform, but is also adaptive to internet speeds and can work from slow or fast internet connections.
Issued by JAG COMMUNICATIONS on behalf of VIDI:
Grant Bushby at firstname.lastname@example.org / Janine Walker at email@example.com ”