• Dryden - The Small Town that Changed the Fracking Game Dryden - The Small Town that Changed the Fracking Game


Roxie Theater Mon, Jun 1, 2015 6:00 PM
Film Info
Director:Jolynn Minnaar
Year of Production:2014
Film Type:Feature
Premiere Status:USA Premiere
Country:South Africa
Running Time:93 min


English/Afrikaans with English subtitles

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


- Jolynn Minnaar, director (via Skype)
- Chris Jordan-Bloch, director, Dryden (short).

You might also like to see Deep Time (May 31) or Overburden (May 30).

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Bay Area Women in Film & Media

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Additional Information

Dubbed as a "next generation Erin Brokovich", Jolynn Minnaar is a dynamic, powerful young woman working on various important South African projects. In the fracking arena, she works with several community coalitions from the Karoo to Nigeria and her associations with grassroots organisations extend from Australia to Ireland, from Canada to the United States. Jolynn has already presented her findings on shale gas extraction at various conferences both locally and abroad, her work has appeared in government papers and various studies including the South African Medical Journal and EJOLT, the Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and Trade Project. After graduating with distinction from the University of Cape Town with a triple major BA degree in Film, Media and Media Production, Jolynn specialised in cinematography and editing at AFDA, the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance.