Students shook the South African nation to its very core this week as protests swept across campuses with the so-called born frees at the helm. “Shutting Down the Rainbow Nation” is a ten minute documentary that captures the energy and heart of the student-led movement, which shut down higher education institutions around the country. It speaks to the policing of the black body, state violence, and the fall of the ‘rainbow nation’, sewn together with videos posted by the public on Twitter and Facebook throughout the shutdown. History was re-written this week, as it became clear that even though the revolution may not have been (adequately) televised, it was certainly tweeted.

“all we want is to better ourselves as well as break the cycle of poverty – mobilizing and uniting our struggles, interwoven with bigger struggles for economic transformation and social cohesion”


2 Response Comments

  • Jacqueline  October 27, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    This a very powerful video and the desires of the students to get an education and for their right to education to be respected and implemented needs to be respected and acted upon. I think the thematic thread is applicable not only to South Africa but to all African countries. For Africa to truly rise the youth need to be educated in order to have choices about the direction that not only their lives but that of our countries and in turn the continent will take.

  • Jacqueline  October 27, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    And to see young women at the forefront brings a smile to my face.

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