Mining Memory: première at the Encounters Film Festival, South Africa June 5 and June 6, 2018

I am pleased to announce the première of my third documentary film at the 2018 Encounters South African Documentary Festival.

Synopsis: on May 21st 1907, one hundred men left the Island of St Helena aboard the RMS Galician Castle, bound for Port Nolloth, and the mining town of Concordia beyond, to take up employment in the copper mines.  Mining Memory, shot in and around Concordia, with flashbacks to the island and the ocean, is a meditation on this journey and on the presence of St Helena in Namaqualand today. Fragmented memory of St Helena is interwoven with the mining remains on the landscape such that mining the memory of the island's presence is also a meditation on the social and ecological legacy of copper mining in Concordia and beyond.