The man who stole Banksy

Marco Proserpio
Tuesday, June 18 2019, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Filmhuis De Zwarte Doos
Reservation: Natlab (040-2946848)
Price: € 3.50 incl. vat (Student) € 7.50 incl. vat (Others)
Reservations via Natlab: 040-2946848


Language: English, subtitles: Dutch

In 2007 Banksy slips into Palestine to paint on walls. What follows is a story of clashing cultures, art, identity, theft and black market.

Walid is a Palestinian taxi driver who cuts down a piece of artwork that Banksy spray-painted on the wall separating Israelis and Palestinians in Bethlehem and puts it on eBay to sell to the highest bidder.

At the start of the documentary, Walid promises to tell us his story, but director Marco Proserpio is more interested in the ethics of Walid taking the mural of an Israeli soldier asking a donkey for its papers than he is about how Walid carried out the task. The big question pondered is whether a piece of street art belongs to the public or to the owner of the wall upon which it is painted. Does Banksy give up his copyright by painting on canvasses that don’t belong to him? He also has no public identity to make a claim. To answer these questions, Proserpio interviews Palestinian locals, lawyers and art dealers across the globe.

Ticket reservation: call Natlab (040 2946848), or buy your tickets at the cash register that opens one hour prior to the start of the movie.
Payment is only by PIN (with Maestro, so not with Visa or Mastercard).

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