Artists of Post-Apartheid South Africa Featured In Documentary

July 7, 2014 | Sophie Weiner

Shield And Spear, a new documentary by Petter Ringbom, explores the continuing transformation of South Africa via the stories of its artists. The film, which will screen at the Durban International Film Festival, sets the end of apartheid as a starting point of a story that’s continuing to unfold, in a place where “every freedom must be fought for.” The featured artists are diverse in medium, race and age, but all have hit against South Africa’s troubled past and present in their work, whether it’s Brett Murray’s pop art representation of President Jacob Zuma, which elicited death threats and censorship, or photographer Zanele Muholi who has been criticized for her documentation of the LGBT community. Shield and Spear premieres in New York at Lincoln Center on August 5th.