Shield and Spear

Showed at Images 2/17/2015

Starring: Brett Murray, BLK JKS, Zanele Muholi, Gazelle, The Brother Moves On, Yolanda Fyrus, Fokofpolisiekar, The Smarteez.

In the changing political climate of South Africa a revolution is taking place as artists, musicians and designers tackle issues of politics, race and history. This newest film by director Petter Ringbom follows some of the most recognized artists in South Africa today, exploring what it means to live and work in the new democracy. Artist Brett Murray’s painted caricature of South African president Jacob Zuma results in a lawsuit and death threats. Photographer and activist Zanele Muholi’s work exposes hate crimes in the LGBT community. The Smarteez design collective creates international styles while running a free after-school program for kids. Musician Xander Ferreira of Gazelle parades on stage as a character based on an archetypal African dictator. Shield and Spear presents intimate stories about the artists, art, music, identity, race and freedom of expression in South Africa 20 years into democracy.

  • Director: Petter Ringbom
  • Runtime: 1 hour 29 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“Introducing outsiders to a creative scene seemingly far more vibrant than most of us realized, Petter Ringbom's Shield and Spear finds post-Apartheid South Africa brimming with art, music and activism.”

– Hollywood Reporter