Art of Protest: SHIELD AND SPEAR

Dir: Petter Ringbom
United States / 2014 / 88mins

Book Tickets

Date: Wed 15 April, 2015
Time: 18:30
Price: £9 (£7 concessions)
There are currently no screenings of this film.

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.

Shield and Spear also screens on 12th April at 15.30 followed by a Q&A

"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