In 2007, world-renowned street artist Banksy went to Palestine to paint protest graffiti on walls, including a piece depicting an Israeli soldier checking a donkey’s ID in Bethlehem. Some locals were furious at being portrayed as donkeys. One of them, a Palestinian taxi driver and bodybuilder known as ‘Walid the Beast’ decided to cut out the offending graffiti and sell it back to the highest bidder on eBay. What follows is a story of clashing cultures, art, identity, theft, and the black market. From art dealers to private collectors, and even fellow street artists, everyone has a different take on whether removing the wall was theft, preservation, or strictly commerce.
Narrated by legendary punk pioneer Iggy Pop.
The Man Who Stole BanksyMarco Prosperio |
93 mins |