Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:31
Winner of the Backsberg Audience Award for Best Local Film at this years Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, Strike A Rock
is the story of two South African mothers and best-friends, Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana.
A counterpoint to Rehad Desais Miners Shot Down
, the film provides, not just a history of oppression, police violence, sanitised corporate indifference and lies that made Marikana inevitable, but also a view of the rebirth of politics in the shadow of the Lonmin mine. By foregrounding the political career of Primrose Sonti and the activism of Thumake Magwangqana in particular, this creates a strange sense of optimism in the face of a terrible crime, while damning the exploitation and collusion between the mining houses and the ANC.
A Elafos Productions film, Strike a Rock
is directed by Aliki Saragas.
Strike A Rock - Official Trailer 2017 from Elafos Productions/Aliki Saragas on Vimeo.