Everything Must Fall (2018)

Rehad Desai

Film Director


Minutes Runtime

Country of Origin

South Africa, Netherlands, Belgium

Film Language


Film Subtitle(s)

Eng & BM

Threaded through the film is a pulse of anticipation, shared across a generational gap.

Somehow these youth have reached breaking point and won’t back down until they achieve a social transformation the previous generations had given up on.

It is an unflinching look at the #FeesMustFall student movement in the South African political landscape during 2015, as a protest over the cost of education.

The story is told by four student leaders at Wits University and their Vice Chancellor, Adam Habib, a left-wing, former anti-apartheid student activist.

When Habib’s efforts to contain the protest fail, he brings 1000 police on to campus. There were dire consequences for the young leaders.

By blending dramatic unfolding action with a multi-protagonist narrative, much of the drama lies in the internal struggles the activists have around the weight of leadership.

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