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Banksy Does New York

Banksy Does New York

Chris Moukarbel, 75 min.

USA, 2015

Banksy Does New York

Banksy turns New York upside down when he invites graffiti enthusiasts, art connoisseurs and followers on a month-long treasure hunt in the city's streets.

The world's indisputably most famous and infamous graffiti artist, Banksy, turns New York upside down when he invites graffiti enthusiasts, art connoisseurs and followers on a one month-long treasure hunt in the city's streets. Every day, Banksy, who against all odds has managed to keep his true identity hidden from the public, sends thousands of New Yorkers on a frantic hunt against time – with a cryptic clue about the location of today's work – before the work disappears again. The treasure hunters themselves become a part of the mischievous work, for not everyone shares their reverence for the artist's embellishment of the city's doors, walls and spaces. Like all graffiti and street art, the works are left to the parliament of the street, and the treasure hunt quickly turns out to be a social experiment, where the city's different residents clash over their importance and destiny. The film is made of the treasure hunters' own footage of the search for the works and invites us to sit in the first row for a multi-voiced reflection on the right to art – and the street.

Director: Chris Moukarbel
Original Title: Banksy Does New York
Country: USA
Year: 2015
Running time: 75 min
Language: English without subtitles
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Camera: Karim Raoul, Mai Iskander
Producer: Jack Turner
Editor: Jen Harrington
Production Company: Matador Content
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