Born Into Struggle

Rehad Desai
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English (subtitled), 75 min, 2004, South Africa

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.

Uhuru Productions
Creative Crew
Simon Wilkie
Francesco Biagini, Ryan Thomas
Alan Khanna, Jeremy C. Elwell, Joe Dlamini
Philip Miller
Awards and Screenings:

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