The Man Who Stole Banksy

MARCO PROSERPIO
Italy, 2018
91 minutes, Color
Official website

In 2007, world-renowned street artist Banksy traveled to Palestine and painted a number of politically charged works on walls and buildings. One specific piece depicting an Israeli soldier checking a donkey's ID created substantial controversy. Some viewed it as a nuisance; others hailed the work as high art; and still more saw a business opportunity. Specifically, a bodybuilder and local taxi driver known as Walid the Beast came up with an entrepreneurial plan: cut out the entire cement wall containing the art and sell it off to the highest bidder. Narrated by pop star Iggy Pop, director Marco Proserpio's The Man Who Stole Banksy is a provocative story about how works that are created illegally can be stolen, sold, and collected legally. As viewers follow Banksy's work, they discover a secret art market of stolen walls from around the world. It's a stylish examination of public space, appropriation, and the commodification of street art and of what happens when Middle East politics meet the Western art market. —Tribeca Film Festival

In Arabic, English, Italian with English subtitles

The Man Who Stole Banksy

MARCO PROSERPIO
Italy, 2018,
91 minutes, Color
Official website


In 2007, world-renowned street artist Banksy traveled to Palestine and painted a number of politically charged works on walls and buildings. One specific piece depicting an Israeli soldier checking a donkey's ID created substantial controversy. Some viewed it as a nuisance; others hailed the work as high art; and still more saw a business opportunity. Specifically, a bodybuilder and local taxi driver known as Walid the Beast came up with an entrepreneurial plan: cut out the entire cement wall containing the art and sell it off to the highest bidder. Narrated by pop star Iggy Pop, director Marco Proserpio's The Man Who Stole Banksy is a provocative story about how works that are created illegally can be stolen, sold, and collected legally. As viewers follow Banksy's work, they discover a secret art market of stolen walls from around the world. It's a stylish examination of public space, appropriation, and the commodification of street art and of what happens when Middle East politics meet the Western art market. —Tribeca Film Festival

In Arabic, English, Italian with English subtitles


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