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Strike A Rock

Project information

Talent Sydelle Willow Smith
Role of participant Distributor
Director Aliki Saragas
Status finished

Production details

Running time 87 min
Genre Documentary
Year of production 2017
Country of Production South Africa
Production Company
Elafos Productions

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In a deeply personal journey, Strike A Rock follows two South African activists who take on the infamous platinum mining company, Lonmin Plc. Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana are grandmothers and best-friends living in Nkaneng, Marikana, an informal settlement in rural South Africa that sprung up around a mine operated by Lonmin Plc. This was the company at the heart of the Marikana Massacre of 2012, when 37 striking mineworkers were killed by police. Apart from underpaying workers, Lonmin has consistently reneged on legal obligations to provide housing and infrastructure to local people affected by the mine. Since the 2012 massacre, the living conditions that caused the strike have only gotten worse - and this is what Primrose and Thumeka are fighting against.

These two inspiring women formed a women’s organisation, Sikhala Sonke (We Cry Together), after their friend, Paulina, was killed by police. Over time we see them grow into two different leaders in the search for social and economic justice. Primrose’s ambition lands her a seat in Parliament with a new, radical opposition party. But to take up the post she must leave Marikana. Thumeka, left behind, faces her fears as she picks up the reigns of the resistance as a community leader, and challenges Lonmin Plc in a landmark complaint against them. Meanwhile, Primrose’s role as a Member of Parliament creates an uncomfortable distance between her and her friend and she struggles to maintain a connection with the community she cares so deeply for. Can these two women take on the goliath composed of high powered enemies that appear to collude against the people of Marikana?

Participation in international festivals / awards