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Political Change in South Africa: Viewing and Discussion of 'The Giant is Falling'

Thursday, 16 November, 2017

The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy’s Toyota Auditorium will host the Tennessee premiere of Rehad Desai’s award-winning documentary, The Giant is Falling on Thursday November 16th at 6:30pm. 

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 that have heightened dissatisfaction with the governing African National Congress in South Africa. The film uses the Marikana Massacre in 2012, when 34 miners were shot by the police, as the time when the ANC lost the moral mandate it created under Nelson Mandela.  The documentary charts the numerous ways South African civil society has collectively responded to the ANC’s failure to deliver on its political 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 in local election.   The Giant is Falling argues that the common thread is the ANC government’s inability to address stark inequality within South African society that is making the current status quo untenable. 

After the documentary, there will be a short discussion on recent political events in South Africa by Dr. Will Jennings, a Distinguished Lecturer in the Political Science Department.  Screening of the documentary was made possible by generous support from the Africana Studies Department, the Political Science Department, and the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.


Toyota Auditorium, Baker Center for Public Policy
1640 Cumberland Ave
Knoxville, TN 37996

Event Contact

Will Jennings

Phone: 865-789-7713

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