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?
Help take Sikhala Sonke to London
We need your help
Strike A Rock is more than a documentary. It’s a platform to tell the world about the terrible conditions that mining communities are forced to endure while they provide labor to highly profitable mines. The film allows these voices to reach new audiences across the world, and build solidarity for those communities most at risk.
As part of this impact goal we would like to take the women from Marikana to our international premiere in Sheffield at the Sheffield Doc/Fest. Here they will be able to tell their own stories, in their own words. For the Strike A Rock team this is incredibly important, after all it is their story and it’s important that they retain the agency.
This is where you come in. We need help getting the women to Sheffield. Plane tickets and Visa’s are incredibly expensive. We need to raise close to R100k to get the women to our first screening.
If you would like to contribute to getting the women of Marikana to tell their story to the rest of the world, please donate whatever you can directly into our bank account. Details provided below:
Bank : ABSA
Account Name : Mama Marikana Documentary
Account Number: 4086597394
Account Type: Current Account
Branch Code: 632005