The award-winning Strike a Rock is now showing at Cinema Nouveau theatres


Strike a Rock, directed by Aliki Saragas and winner of the 2017 Backsberg-
Encounters Audience Award for Best South African Documentary, screens in Cinema
Nouveau theatres across the country from 25 to 29 November 2017.

Strike A Rock is the story of two South African mothers and best-friends,
Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana. They live in Nkaneng, Marikana, 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 company has
significant legal obligations to the community that they mine under and around, but
does not comply with all their responsibilities.

This community became internationally known after the 2012 Marikana Massacre,
when 37 striking mineworkers were killed by police. However, instead of improving,
the living conditions that motivated the strike in the first place continue to worsen.
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 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?

See the screening details, HERE