New SA film about illegal miners


Described as an action packed thriller, Kokamoya Productions’ new film focuses on the subterranean dimension of the Zama Zama – illegal miners who make a living by mining the ore in both operational and abandoned mine shafts in South Africa’s Witwatersrand gold mining region.

Zama Zama will be released by Nu Metro this year at a yet to be confirmed date.

The film stars Lindani Nkosi, Presley Chweneyagae and Khulu Skenjana. They are supported by Israel Makoe, Fumani Shilubana, Justin Strydom, Lebogang Inno, Masoja Msiza and Fundo Mdlalose.

Directed by Vickus Strijdom, Zama Zama is the personal narrative of two brothers – Malcolm, a successful businessman in the mining industry and his long lost brother and illegal miner, Joseph. The story plays off against the tension of the mines’ punitive actions against illegal miners.

Zama Zama explores themes of guilt, forgiveness and reconciliation against this subterranean milieu. When Malcolm finds out about that his alienated brother is one of the intended victims of a planned raid against the Zama, he decides to risk his high standing in society by acting to save Joseph.

The plot revolves around moral choices: social standing and success versus loyalty to and love of family; and extending to solidarity with those at the bottom of society who struggle to make a living in one of the most dangerous environments on earth.

Lukas van der Merwe is executive producer and Bertus van der Walt the producer.

The film was scored by Zethu Mashika, who also wrote the Zama Zama theme song which features BongoRiot and Mylowe.


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