Shield and Spear

Examining the boundaries of democracy in South Africa

Film

Challenge

The Williamsburg High School of Arts and Technology in Brooklyn wanted to cultivate the next generation of computer engineers—creative, innovative thinkers with both the hard and soft skills necessary to become leaders of the future. To get there, they wanted students to become co-creators in their own education, rather than passive recipients of it, but they weren’t sure how to engage students in this way.

Outcome

To guide WHSAT’s efforts to engage students in co-creation, the Openbox team first immersed ourselves in the school, observing and interviewing students and staff. We used learnings from this round of research to design three experiments, involving real issues around the school, that would bring students and staff together as thought partners. These experiments ran live across the school for a week, exploring variables such as decision moments, roles, location, and timing. The experiment insights allowed us to develop a set of practical co-creation principles that the school can readily build upon for future co-creation activities—amplifying the equitable, arts-based, and experimental ethos of the school.

Full case study coming soon.

Examining the boundaries of democracy in South Africa
Examining the boundaries of democracy in South AfricaExamining the boundaries of democracy in South Africa
Shield and Spear

Examining the boundaries of democracy in South Africa

Film

Context

Anchored by the dramatic story of “The Spear,” Brett Murray’s caricature of President Zuma, Shield and Spear presents intimate stories about art, music, identity, race and freedom of expression in South Africa 20 years into democracy.

Directed by Petter Ringbom, produced by Alysa Nahmias for Opendox, executive produced by Marquise Stillwell and Christophe Charlier, this feature documentary had its world premiere at Toronto’s Hot Docs, European premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest, African premiere at Durban International Film Festival, and U.S. premiere at Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Sound + Vision.

Release

Shield and Spear won the Silver Price in the film category at UK’s Passion for Freedom Awards. It has screened at major festivals in fourteen different countries. The film has sold to broadcast networks in five countries, and is represented worldwide by Journeyman Pictures.

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