Script File

MIER

In the remote Kalahari Desert, Sarah Coen, a former SAPS officer and independent investigator, is on a mission to track down a dangerous fugitive known as "Elvis." Along the way, she reluctantly partners with Salim Thaver, a Commercial Crimes Unit detective, who takes her to a Khoisan resettlement camp. There, she encounters indigenous tribespeople and researchers, including a paleontologist named James, who are searching for a missing Khoisan chief named Oupa.

As Sarah delves deeper into the case, she becomes entangled in a web of corruption, illegal drilling, and a Petrogate scandal. As she learns more about her own cultural heritage and the true motives of the people around her, she finds herself caught in a high-stakes pursuit involving mercenaries, a secret fracturing plant, and a hidden camera from a downed drone.

Throughout the journey, Sarah discovers her own strength, forms an unlikely bond with the Khoisan tribes, and confronts her troubled past. Amidst the chaos, she learns the importance of the ancient artifacts and knowledge the tribes carry, including a set of remains belonging to an early hominid that could hold the key to understanding human history.

In a thrilling climax, Sarah and her newfound allies face off against Elvis, the mercenaries, and a lioness protecting her territory. The conflict leads to unexpected sacrifices, revelations, and a deeper understanding of Sarah's true identity.

Ultimately, Sarah and her allies work together to uncover the truth, bringing justice and closure to the victims while preserving their cultural legacy. In the end, Sarah joins the tribes in a somber burial ceremony, honoring the fallen and acknowledging the interconnectedness of their stories.

  • Project Type:
    Screenplay
  • Genres:
    Action, Drama
  • Number of Pages:
    107
  • Country of Origin:
    South Africa
  • Language:
    Afrikaans, English
  • First-time Screenwriter:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Writer Biography

Oliver North is a highly accomplished South African screenwriter with a passion for telling stories that inspire change. His recent project, a proof-of-concept feature trailer titled "MIER," focuses on the struggles of the Khoisan people in their fight for the resources of the Kalahari. Supported by the National Film and Video Foundation, the project was initiated in early 2019 and successfully completed in June 2020.

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Writer Statement

By 2019, more than 26 million consumers had added their DNA to four leading commercial ancestry and health databases. For audiences, the film offers entertainment, clues to ancestry, questions about and a chance of discovering ancient secrets, such as where human originate from. In 2017 an international team of scientists announced the discovery of remains of a new human species, Homo Naledi, in a series of caves northwest of Joburg. This film expands on all of these questions about culture, identity and where we come from.