SA dune min­ing doc­cie goes global

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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

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