SA dune mining doccie goes global
A South African documentary on the perils of dune mining has been selected from 15 other films to compete in the world’s largest and most prestigious documentary festival, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. The Shore Break is directed by award-winning young doccie star Ryley Grunenwald, who has been shooting for some time on the Wild Coast, known for the unspoilt natural beauty of its shores. Below the pristine sand, however, are rich belts of titanium, which make the area a lucrative spot for mining. The Shore Break documents the struggles of Nonhle, a young Pondo woman living in the Wild Coast, as an Australian mining company prepares to cut through her people’s homeland and burial sites with a highway that will lead to their dune mining excavations. Her cousin sides with the Australian miners, saying that it will bring jobs and infrastructure. But Nonhle feels those basic necessities should not come at the expense of her home.
– Grethe Koen