Strike a Rock- The Women of Marikana Rise

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Date(s) - 17/08/2017
6:15 pm - 9:00 pm

War on Want office


Strike a Rock- The Women of Marikana Rise

***This is the fifth screening of a monthly movie club at War on Want***

Film: Strike a Rock: Out of Dust and Iron, the Women of Marikana Rise
Year: 2017
Director: Aliki Saragas
Language: English, isiXhosa, Sesotho
Run Time: 1h 26min

The 16th August 2017 marks the 5th anniversary of the Marikana mining massacre. On that day, 34 striking miners were shot down by the South Africa police. To date, despite investigations and hearing of evidence at the Farlam Commission, no one has been held accounatble for the deaths of the miners and families are yet to receive compensation.

Strike a Rock is a documentary that has been produced to trace the fight against Lonmin, the police and the government as told through the friendship between Primrose and Thumeka. This is a story of sisterhood – women leading the struggle, supporting each other and taking on capitalist patriarchy in South Africa. Primrose and Thumeka are bringing this fight to the UK and right to the door of Lonmin.

For this screening, War on Want will be hosting Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana from Sikhala Sonke – a community movement set up by the women of Marikana. They will be in the UK to share the story of their struggle to hold British mining company, Lonmin, to account for their human and labour rights abuses.

Join us for this amazing event to get to see a powerful film and to get to meet and talk to inspiring women.


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