In a deeply personal journey, Strike A Rock follows two South African activists who take on the infamous platinum mining company, Lonmin Plc. Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana are grandmothers and best-friends living in Nkaneng, Marikana, an informal settlement in rural South Africa that sprung up around a mine operated by Lonmin Plc. This was the company at the heart of the Marikana Massacre of 2012, when 37 striking mineworkers were killed by police. However, since 2012, the living conditions that caused the strike have only gotten worse. 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. When Primrose’s ambition lands her a seat in Parliament with a new, radical opposition-party, 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 Plc in a landmark complaint against them. Can these two women take on the goliath of high-powered enemies that appear to collude against the people of Marikana, and at the same time maintain a friendship threatening to break under this pressure?

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City Press

20 Jul 2017
"It has the very real potential to raise awareness and spur much-needed change." ...

City Press

20 Jul 2017
"Strike a Rock effectively strikes a balance between exposing the intersectionality of multi-layered systemic oppression (race, class and gender) while attempting to restore the humanity of the women living in Wonderkop, Marikana." ...

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Release Date(s):

July 15, 2017 (Duban Film Festival, South Africa)

Executive Producer(s):

Nikiforos P. Saragas


Aliki Saragas, Andreas Georghiou


Khalid Shamis


Guy Steer


Tiago Correia-Paulo

Original Score:

Tiago Correia-Paulo

Production Company:

Elafos Productions, Uhuru Productions




87 minutes

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