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The Man Who Stole Banksy

Saturday
September 21
Starting at: 7:45 PM

90 mins
Marco Prosperpio
Documentary
2018 - Italy

Banksy, the enigmatic street artist, is one of the most famous in the world. Many of his most iconic and provocative works are found in Bethlehem. In 2007, one of his many visits to Palestine, Banksy painted several political images on walls all over Bethlehem. One image in particular triggered vigorous debate among residents - some thought it was offensive, while others touted it as artistic expression. A local taxi driver ends the debate by decisively determining it was a business opportunity. He gathers a few friends and they cut the image out of the cement wall and put it on ebay. The Man Who Stole Banksy is a gripping story that shares the Palestinian perspective on Banksy's work in their hometown, and is an in depth examination of the street art world market and how works on public spaces end up commodified in private collections.

Co-presenters:
Aga Khan Museum
Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto

Please note: This film is scheduled to end in time to allow audience members to attend the Ruba Shamshoum concert.