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.


Justice Forum Panelist

Yi Chien Jade Ho

Yi Chien Jade Ho is a teacher, researcher, community organizer and PhD Student in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. She was born in Taiwan and immigrated to Belize in 2003. She now lives in Vancouver, the unceded Territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) peoples. She has been organizing with Chinatown Concern Group, an anti-gentrification and anti-racism grassroots organization based in Vancouver’s Chinatown, as well as the Teaching Support Staff Union at SFU. Jade is also a co-organizer with SFU Tuition Freeze Now. 

Justice Forum Panelist

Deena Dinat

Deena Dinat is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English Language and Literatures at the University of British Columbia, which is located on the unceded traditional and ancestral land of the Musqueam people. He was born in exile in Botswana, and grew up in South Africa. He holds a BA from the University of Witwatersrand and a an MA from UBC. His doctoral project investigates the creation of the contemporary South African nation through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its relationship to forms of postcolonial capitalism. Other research interests include critical theory, urban studies, photography, film and eco-criticism.

Justice Forum Panelist

Kanya Adam

Kanya Adam currently teaches at Simon Fraser University in the Department of Political Science. Her work focuses on Transitional Justice and Peacemaking in Divided Societies. She completed her doctoral degree at St. Peter’s College, Oxford University and her B.A. In International Relations at the University of British Columbia. Her work has focused on The Politics of Redress, Human Rights and Comparative Equity Policies and Ethnic and Race relations. Her book “The Politics of Redress” examined policies on employment equity and affirmative action in comparative perspective.