Zama Zama

Director: Vickus Strydom

Starring: Lindani Nkosi, Khulu Skenjana, Presley Chweneyagae

Zama Zama Director: Vickus Strydom Starring: Lindani Nkosi, Khulu Skenjana, Presley Chweneyagae With the tragedy of the Marikana Massacre still so fresh, this movie is an

With the tragedy of the Marikana Massacre still so fresh, this movie is an appropriate depiction of life on the mines. Zama Zama is the South African term for illegal miners and to enlighten you, the Zamas literally live underground for months on end without food, water or daylight. They risk their lives digging in abandoned mines on a quest to find gold or diamonds to sell on the black market.

The story is a personal narrative driven by the relationship between two brothers, one of whom is a rich mine owner, Malcolm (Lindani Nkosi), while the other Joseph (Presley Chweneyagae), is one of the Zamas. When Malcolm learns that his mine is housing illegal miners he has no idea that his brother is one of them. His partners agree to launch a massive raid to flush them out. But when the information surfaces that his younger brother is a target – he must stop them.

Most of the action takes place in dark mine tunnels where moral choices must be made. It’s a good local film based on social standing and success versus loyalty and brotherly love.