The Giant is Falling

The loyalty people have for the party of liberation operates at a deep psychological level. But in recent years, the ANC’s popularity is at an all time low, not least amongst people who were once its most loyal supporters. The nation’s sense of unease is only made worse by the high profile corruption cases surrounding President Jacob Zuma and his friends, and compounded by patronage and the ANC’s unwillingness to cut him loose. Now that a new political party has entered the ring, the Economic Freedom Fighters, and the ANC finds itself challenged by the energetic young ‘Fighters’.

THE GIANT IS FALLING takes a sweeping look at the big political events of recent years that signify the end of an era in South Africa. With declining popularity at the polls and the real possibility of losing the comfortable majority the party has enjoyed for two decades, the big debate in South Africa is whether or not the party can recover its reputation as the most respected liberation movement in the world?

Locating the moment when things fell apart as the Marikana Massacre, the film charts the various ways people have collectively responded to the ANC’s failure to deliver on its promises. Bookmarked by the 2016 Local Elections, THE GIANT IS FALLING asks why South Africa, a middle-income country, rich in mineral wealth has failed to address inequality in twenty-two years of democracy and why the gap between rich and poor is growing. From the break with the trade unions, to the #FeesMustFallstudent movement, to the more recent crushing electoral losses at the polls for the ANC, this film provides an unflinching look at the festering sore of inequality that is making the current situation untenable. The question is when the status quo breaks, what will replace it?



Country of Production
South Africa

Year of Production

DCP, BluRay, HD

58 / 77 min

Rehad Desai

Uhuru Productions in co-production with Al Jazeera, ZDF/ARTE, IKONdocs in association with NRK

Original Language
English, Xhosa


Festivals / Awards

Johannesburg IFF 2016 (Award for Best South African Film)
IDFA Amsterdam 2016
DocPoint IDF Helsinki 2017
CinemAfrica FF Stockholm 2017
One World HRFF Prague 2017
Sydney IFF 2017
African FF Trinidad Tobago 2017
Africa FF Cologne 2017
Nuremberg HRFF 2017
Lusaka IFF 2017
Festival des Libertés Brussels 2017
Bir Duino HRFF Bishkek 2017