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Ahead of the worldwide premiere in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival of “The Man Who Stole Banksy”, director Marco Proserpio talks to Rolling Stone Italia about the genesis of the film, street art, donkeys and capitalism.
It all began in 2012, when Proserpio crossed the checkpoint in Palestine for the first time. Soon after, he met Walid ‘The Beast’ a Bethlehem taxi-driver and passionate body-builder who told him the bizarre story of how the graffiti that Banksy painted on the West Bank Wall in 2007 (known to as “The Donkey with a Soldier”) was cut out from the concrete and sold to auction houses across the Atlantic.
From then on, the film not only follows the journey of said graffiti (which remains unsold to this day) but also discusses issues such as copytheft, street art out of context and of course the Palestinian question.
“I wanted to tell the Palestinian story from a totally weird perspective, one in which Palestinians weren’t represented as victims, but as human beings.” (Marco Proserpio)
Read the full interview here (in Italian).
Here’s the trailer, featuring Iggy Pop’s hypnotising voice.