1 year ago

17 September, 2016

The Factory Theatre

Organised by:
Amnesty International Society

Snow Monkey | Dir. George Gittoes | AU | 2015 | 148 mins | Sydney Premiere

Join Sydney Underground Film Festival in collaboration with Meaningful Movies Amnesty International Australia to discover how art can empower a community and social change like George's The Yellow House Jalalabad art collective in Afghanistan, Jalalabad.

Don’t miss out on immersing yourself into the Dickensian version of Jalalabad where you’ll find street kids of Jalalabad selling ice creams for a living. Meaningful Movies Amnesty International Australia have always aim to represent the most interest films tackling current social issues, this month they are raising awareness for war-damaged children.

Director: In 2011, George Gittoes (documentarian, war photographer, humanitarian and winner of Sydney’s 2015 Peace Prize) set up his Yellow House Art Collective in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

Snow Monkey (2015): In this compound, music, creativity and play are on show for the local youths in an attempt to drown out to sound of explosions and bullet-fire that dominate the nearby city centre. Gittoes film focuses specifically on three child gangs: the Snow Monkeys, who sell ice-creams from handcarts; the Ghostbusters, who wave smoke into cars to exorcise spirits and extract small tips; and a posse of thugs headed by razor-wielding, larger-than-life 10-year-old Steel. Injecting himself into the film, Gittoes gives these kids cameras and empowers to make their own story shooting with them a local, Pashto-style film: vibrant, colourful and infused with the violence they experience on a daily basis. Snow Monkey presents an insider’s view of a city often described as one of the most dangerous in the world, where brutality is ubiquitous and has the power to corrupt even its youngest citizens. It is at once an unsettling depiction of the atrocities that occur daily in Jalalabad and yet ultimately doubles an optimistic treatise on the regenerative power of art.

Also, don't forget to check out George and Hellen-Rose MASTERCLASS where you will learn about their unique experiences in a war zone where art is banned.

MASTERCLASS from: 4:00pm-5:30pm
More Info here: http://bit.ly/georgeandhellenmasterclass

Sydney Underground Film Festival
runs from Thursday 15th until Sunday 18th September 2016.

The Factory Theatre
105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville, NSW 2204
(02) 9550 3666

Screening over 100 films plus a 2-day filmmaking masterclass and workshop program (on Sat 17th and Sun 18th Sept).

Everything takes place, over the four days, under one roof at The Factory Theatre (105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville.)