Film Screening: The Giant is Falling

21 November 2016 - 10:30am

  • EVENT DATE: 7pm -10pm, Friday 25 November 2016
  • LOCATION: The Hive, 260-264 Kingsland Road E8 4DG (near the canal), Hackney.

On 25 November 2016, War on Want has the pleasure of hosting the South African activist and film-maker Rehad Desai in London for the screening of his new film The Giant is Falling. The Giant is Falling follows his Emmy award-winning film Miners Shot Down which documented the massacre of mineworkers at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine in South Africa in 2012.

Desai’s new film, which won the Best South African Film Award at the recent Johannesburg Film Festival maps the country’s political landscape from the birth of democracy in 1994 to the widespread student protests that have rippled across South Africa in the past year. At its heart is a searing indictment of the broken promises and diminished expectations that have betrayed a post-apartheid generation.

The film screening will take place at 7pm  on Friday, 25 November 2016 at The Hive. The event is free but seats are limited. Book your tickets here

In addition to the film screening Rehad has kindly agreed to make himself available for a meeting with trade unions and other interested groups to discuss with the current state of affairs relating to Marikana, and in particular the issue of compensation for the families of the slain workers and the proposals for an independent inquiry into the massacre. It is hoped that Rehad will be joined at this meeting by Jim Nichol. Jim is a London-based solicitor who represented some of the families at the official Farlam inquiry into the Massacre.

The meeting with trade unions will take place from 2pm to 4pm on Friday, 25 November at the War on Want offices.

Synopsis of "The Giant is Falling"

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 ANC 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 22 years of democracy and why the gap between rich and poor is growing. From the break with the trade unions, to the #FeesMustFall student 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?

Join us for the free film screening on Friday at 7pm. Book your tickets now!

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