SA film documents 20 years of art, music and freedom


Shield and Spear, a South African documentary created by New York-based director Petter Ringbom, follows the countries’ cultural expression since 1994, when apartheid was abolished.

Art, music, identity, race, freedom of expression in South Africa and the way in which these themes have intersected with politics over the past 20 years is the focus of the film, which features interviews with a number of influential local artists and creators. Artist Brett Murray, photographers Zanele Muholi and Roger Ballen as well as a number of musicians including Xander Ferreira, Spoek Mathambo, Fokofpolisiekar, Yolanda and Jack Parow feature in the film.

Marquise Stillwell, founder of design company Openbox, is the film’s executive producer while Alysa Nahmias, co-director and producer of the documentary Unfinished Spaces, is the producer.

Shield and Spear will screen at Hot Docs International Documentary Festival in Toronto, which takes place from 24 April to 4 May, and at the 2014 Durban International Film Festivalfrom 17 to 27 July.

View the trailer on Vimeo.

Visit the Shield and Spear website for more information.


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