It's just over four years since the strike at the Lonmin Mine in Marikana South Africa where 37 unarmed platinum miners were shot by the police. In all some 44 miners died and it was revealed that the massacre of these workers was part of a collaboration between the mine owners, the state (ANC) and the leaders of the NUM. Miners Shot Down is an award winning documentary about the strike. Supporters of this blog showed the film here in the East Bay (as did many others) raising money for the families of the murdered miners.
Strike A Rock
Strike A Rock is the story of two South African mothers, Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana, who lead their community in a fight against seemingly insurmountable odds for equality, justice and dignity.
After a massacre by the South African police shakes the foundations of the poverty stricken mining community of Marikana, Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana resolve to rise up and organise. They form a community organisation Sikhala Sonke (We-Cry-Together) to advocate for economic and social justice. Growing in determination, Primrose joins the new opposition political party the Economic Freedom Fighters - that promises the disenfranchised poor land and jobs.
When sheer determination unexpectedly lands her a seat in post-Apartheid South African Parliament, Primrose will have a life-changing move to Cape Town. At the same time Thumeka picks up the reigns of Sikhala Sonke in Marikana and together with a legal advocacy team lodge a landmark complaint against Lonmin Platinum Mine and the IFC, a private sector lending arm of the World Bank group, for its investment in Lonmin. This is a story about two women who battle every day to rebuild their traumatised community. It's a story of gaining a voice and building strength, of protesting and sacrificing. But most importantly it is a story about friendship, sisterhood and the importance in sticking together in the face of adversity. How will these two women make their voices heard to affect real change?
Directed by Aliki Saragas and produced by Elafos Productions Please find more information on the film here: www.strikearock.co.za Facebook: @strikearock Twitter: @StrikeARock
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