About the Film
Unearthed, an independent South African feature documentary, investigates fracking in the
United States – the technology’s place of origin – in order to understand what this new method of gas extraction
could mean for the semi-arid Karoo and other countries who are considering its implementation.
“A RARE GLIMPSE INTO THE MURKY WATERS SURROUNDING THE
SHALE GAS INDUSTRY.”
The film covers the extensive journey that Karoo born director, Jolynn Minnaar, took – 18 months of research;
over 400 interviews; traveling across South Africa, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom;
battling gag orders and no trespassing zones; losing cameras to extreme heat and subzero temperatures
and suffering first hand chemical exposure from drilling sites – to get to the bottom of the controversial topic.
TAGLINE: The deeper the dig, the darker the secrets.
GENRE: Investigative Documentary
RUNNING TIME: 90 MIN
LANGUAGE: English, Afrikaans with English Subtitles
LOCATION: South Africa, United States of America,
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: South Africa
YEAR OF COMPLETION: 2014
DIRECTOR: Jolynn Minnaar
PRODUCERS: Dylan Voogt (Stage 5 Films)
Stacey Keppler (Zootee Studios)
Saskia Schiel (Stage 5 Films)