An artist paints a caricature of South African president Jacob Zuma that provokes a lawsuit, death threats and a massive street protest. Around this incident, the film explores a constellation of stories about art, music, identity, race and freedom of expression in South Africa, twenty years into democracy.
Featuring Brett Murray, BLK JKS, The Smarteez, Zanele Muholi, The Brother Moves On, Roger Ballen, Gazelle and more.
Brooklyn-born John Forté was a Grammy-nominated musician in The Fugees at 21 and a federal prison inmate at 26. When his prison sentence was remarkably commuted in 2008, Forté was given a second chance to share his talents with the world. Chronicling his concert tour across Russia, this inspirational documentary takes us on Forté’s personal journey—one that’s as much about having his voice heard as having his music heard.
The Russian Winter premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2012 and has screened at Moscow International Film Festival, IDFA and Gothenburg International Film Festival.