Discover the work of Australian artist and filmmaker and 2015 Sydney Peace Prize winner, George Gittoes, who examines the effects of injustice and global conflict.
MCA presents the Sydney premiere of Gittoes’ new documentary Snow Monkey (2015), produced out of the Yellow House in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. This is the third in a trilogy of films under the title of What the World Needs Now that also includes Love City, Jalalabad (2013) and Miscreants of Taliwood (2009), both also showing in this special, limited season of screenings.
Fri 20 Nov, 1pm
Level 2, Veolia Lecture Theatre
FREE, Booking recommended
Languages: English, Pushto
In Snow Monkey, Gittoes paints a portrait of a Jalalabad seething with humanity, adversity and hope – focusing on three gangs of children: the Ghostbusters, persecuted Koochi boys who hawk exorcisms of bad luck and demons; the Snow Monkeys, who sell ice cream to support their families; and the Gangsters, a razor gang led by a nine-year-old antihero called Steel, terrifying to the core but still capable of experiencing aspects of the childhood seemingly taken from him. With a deeply humane vision, Gittoes shows us the unseen nature of Afghanistan’s politics, culture and society, up close and startlingly personal.
This screening marks the Sydney premiere of Snow Monkey.
WARNING: contains scenes of graphic violence that may offend.
Writer and Director: George Gittoes
Producer: George Gittoes, Lizzette Atkins
Music Director: Hellen Rose
Unicorn Films and Screen Australia
Image: George Gittoes, Snow Monkey (still), 2015