Everything Must Fall

Rehad Desai

South Africa 2018, 85 min.

Documentary

Spoken language: English

Subtitles: English

Vivid reconstruction of the student protests at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa. When the government decided to raise tuition fees in 2015, the students rose up, using the hashtag #FeesMustFall. Prominent protest leaders, including activist Shaeera Kalla, talk about how the initially peaceful demonstration was quashed when the university brought in the police.

Synopsis

Even before the planned hike in tuition fees, many of the students at Wits University lived below the poverty line. Thousands of students, many of whom are black, depend on the food bank for their daily sustenance. The #FeesMustFall movement not only aims at keeping education accessible to the under-privileged, but also at resolving the predicament for many of the university’s low-skilled employees, who work for minimal pay in miserable conditions.

The movement soon goes viral and several other universities join the protests. Adam Habib, vice-chancellor of the university and former anti-apartheid activist, is initially willing to listen. But when he is unable to maintain order, he decides to bring 1,000 policemen to the campus, with disastrous consequences. Many students are arrested or injured, including Shaeera Kalla, who is hit by rubber bullets thirteen times. The students eventually manage to avert the increase in tuition fees, but the more encompassing struggle for a just and equal South Africa has not yet been won.

Everything Must Fall has been selected for the Activist competition and will be screened at Movies that Matter Festival 2019 (22-30 March, The Hague).

Official website: http://everythingmustfall.co.za

Credits

Productions:

Uhuru Productions

rehad@icon.co.za

+27 116152505

www.uhuruproductions.co.za

World sales:

Deckert Distribution

info@deckert-distribution.com

+49 341 215 66 38

www.deckert-distribution.com

When & where?

Talkshows & debates

Everything Must Fall: Q&A with activists Shaeera Kalla & phd student Charmika Samaradiwakera-Wijesun

Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 14:45

After the film professor Jeff Handmaker (ISS) we will speak with activist Shaeera Kalla and phd student Charmika Samaradiwakera-Wijesundar about the #FeesMustFall movement, the decolonization of educat

Everything Must Fall: Q&A with activists Shaeera Kalla & Deliwe Mzobe and director Rehad Desai

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 21:15

After the film Nancy Jouwe will speak with activists Shaeera Kalla and Deliwe Mzobe and director Rehad Desai about the #FeesMustFall movement, the decolonization of education, the righ

Everything Must Fall: Q&A with activists Shaeera Kalla & Deliwe Mzobe and director Rehad Desai

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 16:45

After the film Martine Heijthuyzen will speak with activists Shaeera Kalla and Deliwe Mzobe and director Rehad Desai about the #FeesMustFall movement, the decolonizati

Everything Must Fall: Introduction by Shiko Boxman

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 14:15

Before the screening programmaker Shiko Boxman will give a brief introduction.