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Take One Action:
Everything Must Fall

Thu 26 September 2019

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.

(Rehad Desai | South Africa / Netherlands / Belgium | 2018 | 85 min | English)
Screening with: Scenes From a Dry City (S Wood, F Verster | USA | 2018 | 12 min)

BEYOND THE SCREEN
Join us after the film to explore the emergence and legacy of this self-organised, intersectional movement, with guests including a representative from Africa in Motion and Stephen Smellie (Depute Convenor, UNISON Scotland).

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Presented in association with Africa in Motion & UNISON Scotland.

This screening will have full English subtitles and Closed Captions for the D/deaf and hard of hearing throughout. BSL interpretation is available on request.

Take One Action are introducing a sliding scale ticket policy: audiences choose what to pay based on personal circumstances, on a scale from £0 to £8. All we ask is that you be honest with yourself and your financial situation. This policy brings flexibility to those who need it most and makes our festival more accessible for everyone. To find out what you should pay, please see our Sliding Scale Guide.