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Shield and Spear

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Petter Ringbom, 2014, USA/South Africa, DCP, 89m
Afrikaans, English, and Zulu with English subtitlesshieldandspear_04
After 20 years of democracy, South African artists, musicians, and designers add to the political discourse in a rapidly changing country. But how quickly is the society willing to change and how much resistance will it offer? The creative community takes on charged topics, such as political corruption, race, poverty, discrimination against the LGBT community, and whether defacing art in a public gallery is political expression, to varying degrees of backlash.


Brett Murray, BLK JKS, Zanele Muholi, Gazelle, The Brother Moves On, Yolanda Fyrus, Fokofpolisiekar, The Smarteez, and many others are featured in this vibrant documentary where art, politics, and cultures collide.

With appearances by Ferial Haffajee, DJ Invizable, Motèl Mari, Iman Rappetti, Charl Blignaut, Lloyd Gedye and Milisuthando Bongela.

New York Premiere
August 5, 9:00pm (Q&A with Petter Ringbom)

A feature documentary directed by Petter Ringbom, produced by Alysa Nahmias, and executive produced by Marquise Stillwell for Openbox and Christophe Charlier for LeCASTLE.

Petter Ringbom is a New York-based director of documentary and narrative films. After studying at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York, Ringbom partnered in the creative agency Flat, where he served as an art director for clients like MoMA, Red Cross and Knoll. He has taught at Parsons School of Design and New York University and served on the board of the American Institute of Graphic Arts.

His debut feature documentary The Russian Winter, a film about American musician John Forté, producer for the legendary 1990s hip-hop outfit The Fugees, who reflects on music, his time in prison for a drug conviction, and second chances during a unique tour through Russia. premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2012 and screened at IDFA, BAM, Moscow International Film Festival, and Gothenburg International Film Festival. His short film May Fly premiered at Stockholm International Film Festival and screened at festivals around the world. Ringbom’s video collaboration with the artist Karl Haendel, Questions for My Father, has been shown at Harris Lieberman Gallery, Susanne Vielmetter Projects, Utah Museum of Contemporary Arts, and Wexner Center for the Arts. Questions for My Father was selected for the Art Video program at Art Basel Miami in 2012.



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