Details

Duration: 87'

Year of release: 2017

Country: South Africa

Director: Aliki Saragas

Producers: Aliki Saragas, Liani Maasdorp, Anita Khanna

About the movie

Strike A Rock is a close-up on the lives of two South African activists, Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana, who fight to put an end to the exploitations that the people of Nkaneng – an informal settlement in Marikana – have to face day after day, while the infamous platinum mining company Lonmin Plc keeps making profit on their behalf. The Marikana massacres of 2012 are a well-known tragedy that became slowly a dead news for most of the world, but the aftermaths of this tragedy as well as the problems that created the circumstances for it to take place are still very much alive in the local community.

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.

Screenings

Documentary Film Festival Riga Mov(i)e Activism 2018

Encounters South African International Documentary Festival 2017

Durban International Film Festival 2017

Awards

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