The Giant is Falling - Media Release

Rehad Desai, director of International Emmy award winning film, Miners Shot Down, will release follow up film, The Giant is Falling, at the end of this month at the Johannesburg Film Festival. The film is co-directed by first time director, Jabulani Mzozo. Desai made the decision to have the international premiere of the film at the first edition of the Johannesburg Film Festival, where the film has been selected for competition. “It feels so right that we are opening the film in South Africa. This is a film about our present reality. The film raises questions about whether the big events we’ve seen in the last few years, including the brutality we saw at Marikana and the high octane battles over tertiary education, are an inevitable outcome of the inequality we inherited.” (Rehad Desai, Director, The Giant is Falling). Media are cordially invited to attend the World Premiere, at 8pm on the 29th October at the Alexander Theatre in Braamfontein. This will be the first of four screenings at the festival. “Given the nature of this film, we do not expect to get a local broadcast anytime soon, so catch it while you can.” (Rehad Desai, Director, The Giant is Falling).  The European Premiere will take place at International Documentary Festival Amsterdam in November, the largest and most prestigious documentary film festival in the world. Synopsis  Shot over two years, and supported by a number of international broadcasters, The Giant is Falling provides an inside look at the big political events of recent years that seemingly signify the dying days of the ANC in South Africa. 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. From the end of the ANC’s special relationship with the trade unions, to the #FeesMustFall student movement, to the more recent and crushing electoral losses at the polls for the party of liberation, the thread is the festering sore of inequality that is making the current status quo untenable. Duration 77 min

The Giant Is Falling

Joburg Film Festival

The screening will take place at the Alexandra Theatre Braamfontein Date    : Saturday 29 October 2016 Time   : 19H30 for 20H00 Venue : Alexandra Threatre, 36 Stiemens Street, Corner De Beer,  Braamfontein RSVP   : rsvp@thegiantisfalling.co.za For media inquiries regarding the Johannesburg Film Festival: percy@joburgfilmfestival.co.za For inquiries about the film: Uhuru Productions 011 339 1063