films – Cinema Akil


THE MAN WHO STOLE BANKSY
DIRECTED BY
Marco Proserpio
Palestine, Italy | PG | 90 min | Documentary | Arabic, English, Italian
Venue

In 2007 Banksy slips into Palestine to paint on the West Bank Barrier. Someone takes offence at a piece depicting an Israeli soldier checking a donkey’s ID. A local taxi driver decides to cut it off and sell it on eBay. What follows is a story of clashing cultures, art, identity, theft and black market. It is not one story, but many. Like Banksy’s art would be meaningless without its context, so the absence of it would be meaningless without an understanding of the elements that brought his artwork from Bethlehem to a Western auction house, along with the wall it was painted on.

AWARDS

  • Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at Tribeca Film Festival
  • Nominated for New Directors Competition at Sao Paulo International Film Festival