Twenty years after the end of apartheid, South Africa is brimming with contradictions. In this electric political climate a revolution is taking place as the country's best known artists begin to tackle contemporary political issues. The results are explosive. From an Afrikaan musician whose stage character is modelled on an archetypal African dictator to photographer Zanele Muholi who exposes hate crimes against the LGBT community.Shield and Spear highlights a new community in South Africa, one that's not afraid to be outspoken or criticise government. It's a film about finding a creative identity in a place where issues of race, class and history continue to be impossible to ignore.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Executive Producer Marquise Stillwell
"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 despite widespread disappointment with those leading its government." – Hollywood Reporter
Official Selection: Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014
Official Selection: Hot Docs 2014