Everything Must Fall

An unflinching look at the #FeesMustFall student movement that burst 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 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 are 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. Threaded through the film is a pulse of anticipation, shared across the generational divide, that somehow these youth have reached breaking point and won’t back down until they achieve the kind of social transformation that previous generations had long given up on.



Country of Production
South Africa, Netherlands, Belgium

Year of Production

DCP, HD, BluRay

58 / 85 min

Rehad Desai

Uhuru Productions in co-production with Kittina Media, Story House and IKONdocs in association with DRTV and Al Jazeera

Original Language


Festivals / Awards

Cape Town IFF 2018 (Award for Best South African Documentary)
IDFA Amsterdam 2018
Human FF Oslo 2019
One World HRFF Prague 2019 (Václav Havel Jury Award)
Human Rights Watch FF London 2019
Movies That Matter HRFF Den Haag 2019
Sarajevo IFF 2019
Take One Action 2019
Berlin HRFF 2019
Afrika FF Cologne 2019
Stockholm CinemAfrica FF 2019
Papua New Guinea HRFF 2019
Guadeloupe HRFF 2019

South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA) for Best Director 2019
South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA) for Best Documentary 2019