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by Rehad Desai


An unflinching look at the #FeesMustFall student movement that burst onto the South African political landscape in 2015 as a protest over the cost of education. The story is told by four student leaders at Wits University and their Vice Chancellor, Adam Habib, a left-wing, former anti-apartheid student activist. When Habib’s efforts to contain the protest fail, he brings 1000 police on to campus. There are dire consequences for the young leaders.By blending dramatic unfolding action with a multi-protagonist narrative, much of the drama lies in the internal struggles the activists have around the weight of leadership. Threaded through the film is a pulse of anticipation, shared across the generational divide, that somehow these youth have reached breaking point and won’t back down until they achieve the kind of social transformation that previous generations had long given up on.

international title: Everything Must Fall
original title: Everything Must Fall
country: South Africa, Netherlands, Belgium
sales agent: Deckert Distribution
year: 2018
genre: documentary
directed by: Rehad Desai
film run: 85'
screenplay: Rehad Desai
cinematography by: Nic Hofmeyr
film editing: Megan Gill, Arya Lalloo, Geert Veuskens
music: Jannous Aukema
producer: Anita Khanna, Rehad Desai, Zivia Desai Keiper
co-producer: Jacqueline Jones, Grant Clark
production: EO/IKONdocs, Kittina Media, DRTV Danish Broadcasting Corporation, Uhuru Productions (ZA), Al Jazeera (QA)
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