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Unearthed (2014)


Unearthed, an award-winning independent South African feature documentary, investigates fracking in the United States – the technology’s place of origin – in order to understand what this new technology could mean for the semi arid Karoo and other countries who are considering its implementation.

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.


Producers: Jolynn Minnaar, Dylan Voogt, Stacey Keppler, Saskia Schiel

Executive Producer: Chris Nicklin (Sabido Productions)

Director: Jolynn Minnaar

Editor: Daniel Mitchell

Original Music: Brendan Jury

Cinematographer: Jolynn Minnaar

Animation: Candice Wainwright

Sound: Morne Marais, Sound Surgeon

Grade: Francesca Barredo, 744 Digital

Online Services: Niel Simpson, Priest Post Production


Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014 – Green Award
Best South African Film Audience Choice – Encounters International Film Festival 2014
Best Film Audience Choice – Tri Continental Film Festival 2014