We Are Zama Zama

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Film Info

Film Year: 2020

Film Duration: 74 min

Country: South Africa

Language: South Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Zulu


Rosalind Morris

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Best Editor


In the ruins of the world’s deepest gold mines, and against the backdrop of South Africa’s transition to democracy, illegal migrants scavenge for the remainders of fortune. Following the lives of three miners, as they make their perilous journeys in the airless tunnels below ground and in the labyrinth of illegality above ground, ‘We are Zama Zama’ is the culmination of four years of collaborative filmmaking: an immersive, emotionally gripping story of risk and survival. This feature documentary is also linked to ‘The Zama Zama Project,’ a multi-format installation comprised of short films that has been selected for the Berlinale Forum Expanded 2021.