‘Shield and Spear’ documentary about South African art to screen Oct. 26

Western Carolina University’s Arts and Cultural Events Series will host a screening of the documentary “Shield and Spear” at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center.


Following the screening, a reception with filmmaker Petter Ringbom will give audience members as opportunity to discuss the topic and ask questions about the movie.

Admission is free, though some language and situations may not be appropriate for children.

“Shield and Spear” explores stories about identity, art, race and freedom of expression in South Africa, 20 years into democracy. One of the conflicts depicted is the aftermath of an artist painting a caricature of South African president Jacob Zuma, which provoked a lawsuit, death threats and a massive street protest.

The film showing is part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. An initiative created by South Arts, the tour showcases independent films across the South and engages audiences in post-screening discussions. Learn more about the film at www.shieldspear.com.

For more information about the screening, visit ace.wcu.edu or contact Francis Ann Ortiz-Pineda at 828-227-2612.