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
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
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
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.
Director: Rehad Desai
Producer: Rehad Desai
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?
Director: Rehad Desai
Producers: Anita Khanna & Rehad Desai
Open Society Institute Southern Africa Mzanzi Magic