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‘Strike A Rock’, is a documentary about two South African women, Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana. The two friends live in an informal settlement in rural South Africa that sprung up around a mine operated by Lonmin Plc, the third largest platinum-extractor in the world.

This community became internationally known after the 2012 Marikana Massacre, when 37 striking mine workers were killed by police. However, instead of improving, the living conditions that motivated the strike in the first place they get worse. Primrose and Thumeka team up to fight against this.

They 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. Can these two women take on the Goliath? Who appears 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?

The film directed by Aliki Saragas had its opening night film at Encounters International Documentary Film Festival on 1st June 2017 in Cape Town, and its international premier at Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival on 11th June 2017.

Come enjoy this provocative film and the discussion it will spark thereafter as we debate on the police force as well as the rights of women in the society.


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