Film: Strike A Rock
Two South African mothers and best friends on a quest for social and economic justice
This hit from the 2017 Human Rights Watch Film Festival focuses on the struggle and friendship two women following the 2012 Marikana Massacre where 37 striking miners were killed by police.
South African mothers and best friends from Marikana, Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana, together take on Lonmin PLC, the third largest platinum-extractor in the world.
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 in a landmark complaint against them. In a deeply personal journey, can these two women take on the Goliath composed of high powered enemies that appear to collude against the people of Marikana, and at the same time maintain a friendship that is threatening to break under the weight of this pressure?
Audience Award at Encounters South African International Documentary Festival 2017
Best South African documentary at Durban International Film Festival 2017
Amnesty International Durban Award for Human Rights at Durban International Film Festival 2017