born into struggle

Director: Rehad Desai

born-into-struggleEnglish (subtitled), 75 min, 2004, South Africa

South African filmmaker Rehad Desai takes us on an intimate journey mapped out by the scars etched into his family’s life from having a father who was intensely involved in politics. Barney Desai was a political hero during South Africa’s struggle for freedom, yet as a father he was damagingly absent emotionally.

Rehad spent most of his young life in exile and became politically active himself. On this intensely personal journey into his past, Rehad realises he may be following in his father’s footsteps as he reviews his relationship with his own estranged teenage son.

Awards and Screenings:

Winner of the Best South African documentary Audience Award at the Encounters Documentary Film Festival 2004;
Winner at Apollo Film Festival South Africa 2004 and
World Cinema Festival Cape Town 2004;
Official selection at Durban International Film Festival and Cannes 2005;


Uhuru Productions

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society, history, politics, struggle, biography



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