With fracking making headlines across Europe, we have partnered with MileuDefensie to embark on a tour following our screenings at IDFA in Amsterdam.
We look forward to visiting local community action groups across the Netherlands and screening in Boxtel, Emmelrood and Tilburg.
We are particularly looking forward to meeting with government representatives of Economic Affairs who are responsible for the decision-making process on fracking in Holland.
21 Oct: Wildscreen Festival, Bristol
30 Oct: DocHouse, London
23rd Oct: 6.30pm The Hub, DCU, Dublin
24th Oct: 7pm, Bush Hotel, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim
25th Oct: 7.30pm, Blackbox, Belfast
26th Oct: 7.30pm, Cleenish Parish Hall opp. Church Of Ireland, Bellanaleck, Fermanagh
27th Oct: 7.30pm, Northside Community Centre, Sligo
28th Oct: 7pm, 8×8 Film Fest, Rm Kane G01, UCC, Cork
Unearthed director, Jolynn Minnaar, has been awarded Woman of the Year: Change Agent title by Glamour Magazine. Featuring 10 inspiring South African leaders, including Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, Jolynn was acknowledged for her work in using film and camera to tell stories that matter in the country.
More in this month’s Glamour Magazine, on sale now!
Following Unearthed‘s success at the Sheffield International Documentary Festival and the Encounters International Film Festival, the Unearthed team will now embark on a community outreach project and solar-powered roadshow in the Karoo, South Africa.
Led by Karoo born director, Jolynn Minnaar, who has carried out over 18 months of research across three continents, the Unearthed team will take the film to those who need it most – the communities caught in the middle of the heated fracking debate.
The Unearthed Bertha BRITDOC Karoo Roadshow aims to empower local citizens with firsthand information from gas drilling areas in the United States and encourage debate around the contentious topic.
Selected by Bertha BRITDOC as one of eight ambitious films from across the world that have the ability to achieve real change, Unearthed is a grateful recipient of the Connect Fund that helped the team travel through the semi arid, rural area.
Screenings will take place between 9 July and 15 July 2014 in various Karoo towns and communities including Prince Albert, Nieu-Bethesda, Graaff Reinet, Victoria West, Murrysburg and Beaufort West.
The Unearthed Team look forward to extending their roadshows to reach more communities.
Within days of the World Premiere at the Sheffield Doc/Fest, Unearthed returned home to South Africa for the debut national screenings at the Encounters International Film Festival. The sold-out audiences in Johannesburg and Cape Town voted Unearthed as the Best South African Film for 2014!
Part of the Official Selection for Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014, Unearthed won the Green Award at the prestigious film festival on 12 June 2014.
The film was applauded as one with critical, international relevance and the Jury praised its ability to inspire action across the world.
The Sheffield Green Award was awarded to Unearthed. Spokesperson for the jury, Jillian Creasy (Sheffield Green Party) commented “as a jury of ranging disciplines (only two of us are filmmakers), we arrived at our decision from very different angles. But we were in no doubt of the frontrunner.”
She continued, “We chose the winning film for three reasons: We felt the film imparted an important message; It was well told, and in such a way that engages audiences not necessarily involved with or educated in the issues it addresses. And thirdly…of all the messages across all the films nominated, we felt this one to be the timeliest, because there is still opportunity to do something about it. For that reason, we’d like it to be seen by as wide an audience as possible.”
Accepting her award Jolynn Minnaar said “I dedicate this award to filmmakers out there who are telling stories that matter. No matter how hard it is, keep going – it is worth it, I promise!”
Joe Berlinger – Filmmaker, USA
Jillian Creasy – Sheffield Green Party Councillor, UK
Ben Jackson – Now Then Magazine, UK
Claire O’Neill – Co-founder, A Greener Festival, UK
Roger Ross Williams – Filmmaker, USA
Pictured here: Dylan Voogt (Producer), Jolynn Minnaar (Director, Cinematographer), Stacey Keppler (Producer)
Sadly absent but holding the fort back home: Saskia Schiel (Producer)