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Shield and Spear

ART AND IDENTITY IN DEMOCRATIC SOUTH AFRICA

When artist Brett Murray painted a six-foot-tall caricature of South African president Jacob Zuma in 2010, it provoked a lawsuit, death threats, and a massive street protest. Exploring the constellation of themes around this story regarding identity, art, race, economics, and freedom of expression in post-apartheid South Africa is Shield and Spear, a feature-length documentary by filmmaker Petter Ringbom and executive produced by Openbox. In the film, music and art act as a gateway to exploring the complexities of being a “Rainbow Nation” 20 years into democracy.

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Documentary, art, creativity, south africa, culture