A young South African swallows her optimism on fracking in her Karoo hometown and sets out to uncover the hidden truths of the gas industry.


Jolynn Minnaar


South Africa, USA, Canada



Running Time

93 mins 

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SF Green Film Festival Screening: June 1, 2015


When Jolynn Minnaar first heard about fracking in the Karoo, her home district, she was optimistic. Companies seeking to drill in this semi-arid area of South Africa promised that the new process of gas extraction was a safe, time-tested one; a practice that would bring widespread prosperity for the poor, rural Karoo communities.

But after stumbling across a rumored case of water contamination in Pennsylvania, Jolynn is drawn into an investigation that takes her across the United States. Her discoveries leave her horrified.

As the South African government lifts the moratorium on fracking, the race is on to share her findings with the residents of the Karoo – before it’s too late.

2014 Sheffield Doc/Fest: Green Award

2014 Encounters International Film Festival: Audience Award, Best South African Film

DISCUSSION WITH: - Jolynn Minnaar, director (via Skype)