COMMISSIONS

GOD IS RAIN

GOD IS RAIN

This short film takes place in the arid Turkana region of northern Kenya where climate change is directly linked to severe food shortage and to armed conflict. What unfolds is a picture of what is to come if steps are not taken to understand and to change the global imperatives that dictate the way people in developed countries produce and consume.

Date:2012 Director: Rehad Desai Producer: Rehad Desai

Why Foundation

THE WEATHER GODS

Global temperatures are rising and the African Continent is where they are felt most intensively. Unless a legally binding international agreement to reduce carbon emissions is put in place very soon, temperatures will soar, and Africa will be set to burn. Already we see the effects of global warming as drought, floods and famine stalk the land with increased intensity. African farmers and pastoralists are battling adversity unseen in living memory. This film explores how three rural communities in South Africa, Kenya and Mali are experiencing these shifts in their daily lives.

Date:2011 Director: Rehad Desai Producer: Anita Khanna

Green Peace

THE WEATHER GODS
PERMISSION TO STAY

PERMISSION TO STAY

In 2010, the South African government and Home Affairs announced plans to temporarily extend the Refugees Act to accommodate many Zimbabweans living illegally in the country. This would offer over a million Zimbabweans, living on the edge in South Africa, the opportunity to work legally and have access to basic services. Yet very few people were successfully documented and Home Affairs has been criticised for poor planning and execution. This film explores what went wrong with the plan to offer documentation to refugees and migrants from our neighbouring country. Now that the amnesty period has come to an end, what will happen to those who do not have permission to stay? Will we see a return to forced deportations for undocumented Zimbabweans?

Date:2011 Directors: Rehad Desai & Mohau Memeza

Producers: Lawyers for Human Rights, Rehad  Desai & Anita Khanna

SPECIAL INVESTIGATION UNIT

What is the rationale of the Special Investigation Unit and what are the challenges it faces in fulfilling its mission.

Date:2009 Director: Rehad Desai Producer: Anita Khanna

SPECIAL INVESTIGATION UNIT
COP 17: AN ACTIVISTS DIARY

COP 17: AN ACTIVISTS DIARY

This film captures the voices and concerns of the Global South, with a particular focus on African climate justice activists who will be attending the attending the alternative COP 17 conference in Durban and participating in the various protest actions.

Date:2009

Director: Rehad Desai

Producer: Rehad Desai

YOU CHUSE

How does the global fight over who owns content, copyright and programmes perpetuate the divide between developed nations and developing ones? This fun, yet insightful documentary navigates global and local initiatives that keep information in the public domain. Information technology is increasingly taken for granted and we use it as a tool to facilitate our everyday existence and generally pay the price that the software and content giants demand without asking. In this so-called ‘Information Age’, knowledge has become a commodity. Does this conflict with the basic human right of freedom of access to knowledge? How does this affect us in South Africa where knowledge is the one area where developing countries can realise their human potential?

Date:2007

Director: Rehad Desai

Producers: Anita Khanna & Rehad Desai

Open Society Institute Southern Africa Mzanzi Magic

You Chuse
BORDER TO BORDER

BORDER TO BORDER

A short documentary film commissioned by Amnesty International to look at a day of action in countries surrounding Zimbabwe to pressure Mugabe to respect human rights.

Date:2007

Director: Rehad Desai

Producer: Rehad Desai