Concerned South African citizen and cinematographer, Jolynn Minnaar, has done the country, and more specifically the Karoo locals, a solid. Her and her crew have spent a good amount of time travelling and researching what exactly fracking is, what it implies for the land and most importantly, finding out how it affects the people that live in a fracking area.
This year will see the release of Un•Earthed, and we here at KBWS are in full support of the documentary.
Whilst researching and during the first pre-production shoot in the Karoo, we immediately discovered a noticeable lack of information about the proposed plans for hydraulic fracturing.
Many people we interviewed around Graaff-Reinet had never heard of the proposals and the local townsfolk and farmers that had, did not fully understand the case.
In general, the media has relied on the few basic facts that are available or have gone the emotive rhetoric route while, on the other hand, there has been a lack of transparency from the parties that wish to introduce gas exploration – ironically enough, one of the major conditions that our constitution demands in the application process for such ventures.
Thus, one of our main objectives, and excuse the title referencing, is to unearth the facts – to focus on thorough research and investigate the matter from all the possible angles.
The public deserves to be enlightened on the topic – it concerns the very land that some people live on and, on a broader level, it concerns the very substance that we are all so heavily dependent on in our daily lives.