Brand new kaleidoscopic documentary about art, politics and freedom of expression in post-apartheid South Africa.


Wednesday 12 November, 19.30h at Rialto

Petter Ringbom
South Africa & USA | 2014 | 89 min
Dutch Premiere

SHIELD & SPEAR explores a constellation of personal stories of South African artists, musicians and fashion designers as they deal with issues of identity, creativity and race.

An artist paints a caricature of South African president Jacob Zuma that provokes a lawsuit, death
threats and a massive street protest. An Afrikaans musician devises a stage character based on an archetypal African dictator to more freely comment on his community and his country.
For a group of extravagant designers in Soweto, their fashion creations and style are manifestations of freedom. A photographer dedicates her life to documenting the LGBT community and exposing hate crimes that go unnoticed by the government and mainstream media.
While one Johannesburg-based band is overtly political, another band makes a conscious decision to not deal with politics.

Through their creations and personal stories SHIELD & SPEAR documents how issues of race and cultural heritage affect young South African artists, black and white, and what it means to live and work as an artist in the “Rainbow Nation” today, twenty years into democracy.

Featured artists, musicians and fashion designers: Brett Murray, BLK JKS, Zanele Muholi, Gazelle, The Brother Moves On, Yolanda Fyrus, Fokofpolisiekar, The Smarteez and more.

“The art, photography, music, and fashion represented in the film is incredible — more so when we’re shown the passion, motive and risk behind it.” – Toronto Film Scene

SHIELD & SPEAR is also going to be screened in December in Leeuwarden (Slieker Film), Nijmegen (Lux), Breda (Chassé) and Arnhem (Filmfocus).

Cracking the Frame

A monthly program featuring an international selection of critically acclaimed art related documentaries and artists’ films.
Cracking the Frame focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through experimental documentaries and cinematic portraits of the life and work of established contemporary artists, filmmakers, writers and global thinkers.
Each film is theatrically unreleased in The Netherlands and will be screened in English or with English subtitles.

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