Film Screening: “Dying for Gold”
August 1 @ 10:30 am - 6:30 pmFree
Norval Foundation, in conjunction with Business Day, will be screening the documentary film “Dying for Gold” on the First Thursday of the month, which includes free admission to the museum.
Screening times: 10:30, 12:30, 15:30 and 18:00 with a Q&A facilitated by journalist and author, Mark Gevisser, at 19:40.
Venue: Gallery 7
Billed as “the untold story of the making of South Africa”, this devastating documentary explores the numerous ways in which the mining industry was a key force in shaping apartheid South Africa. For more than a century, hundreds of thousands of black men from Sub-Saharan Africa have been leaving their families to dig for gold and produce South Africa’s key source of wealth. Featuring a rich archive of footage from the colonial and apartheid eras, along with interviews with gold miners whose lives have been decimated by silicosis and tuberculosis, the film clearly shows how Southern Africa’s indigenous societies were destroyed in order to create a pool of cheap surplus labour that mined some of the world’s richest deposits of gold at the cheapest possible price.
Dying for Gold brings to the surface the real cost of South African gold. Through more than a century of deep level gold mining in South Africa, a legacy of illness, death and inequality has left its mark on the Southern African continent. The narratives of contemporary miners, ex-miners and their families is juxtaposed with evidence of the overarching design of exploitation for profit by the mining houses and successive governments which continues into the present.