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.
Encounters South African International Documentary Festival 2017
Durban International Film Festival 2017
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