Everything Must Fall

Everything Must Fall

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 6:00pm
Audience Sponsor(s)
Rehad Desai
South Africa
85 minutes

Everything Must Fall presents an unflinching look at the #FeesMustFall student movement that stormed 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, a public institution in Johannesburg, as well as their Vice Chancellor, Adam Habib, a former antiapartheid student activist. When Habib’s efforts to contain the protest fail, he abandons his progressive principles and brings 1000 police to campus. Predictably, there are dire consequences for the young leaders.

The drama unfolds chronologically, revealing the activists’ internal struggles with the weight of leadership, along with inspiring moments of solidarity. When the university management starts outsourcing janitorial services to a private company (who then cut salaries in half), workers join forces with the student movement.

Everything Must Fall shows the challenges, as well as the rewards, of building a decolonized movement aimed at fighting economic inequality. Intersectional in its approach, the film inspires with its story of how students, workers, and citizens worked together to fight back against institutional racism, patriarchy, and homophobia in South Africa. The lessons learned from the #FeesMustFall act as a strong call to action for student and social movements the world over. -SC

This screening is part of the Justice Forum Series and will include a post-film discussion.