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A woman standing with her fist in the air in front of a banner that reads 'WITS IS OURS'

Everything Must Fall

Sisters Truth To Power Youth Programme

26 September 2019 | 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Subtitles Closed Captions
Centre For Contemporary Arts (CCA)
350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
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Free – £8

Film Synopsis: Everything Must Fall

Director: Rehad Desai | Countries of production: Belgium, Netherlands, South Africa | Year: 2018 | Length: 85 min
Language: English with English subtitles | Age: 15+ years

This urgent documentary chronicles the rise of the #FeesMustFall student movement which ignited into one of South Africa’s most militant national revolts.

As recounted by four Wits University student leaders and their Vice Chancellor, Adam Habib (himself a former anti-apartheid student activist), this is a high-stakes battle of wills and principles, fuelled by rising student debt and exploitative conditions suffered by universities’ outsourced workers. Far from homogeneous, the movement’s intersectionality challenged a long history of male-dominated liberation politics. In the grip of internal dissent, the protests were met with violent repression, culminating in riot police descending on campus.

Director Rehad Desai captures the urgency of the movement’s demand for free, decolonised education, which morphed into a wider rallying cry for social justice: fees must fall, outsourcing must fall, poverty must fall, racism must fall – everything must fall.



Beyond the Screen

Join us after the film to explore the emergence and legacy of this self-organised, intersectional movement, with guests Lizelle Bischoff (Festival Founder, Africa in Motion), Stephen Smellie (Depute Convenor, UNISON Scotland) and Titi Farukuoye (activist, campaigner and former NUS Scotland Black Students’ Officer).

Screening with Scenes From a Dry City.

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