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Idfa: ‘Snow Monkey’ Director George Gittoes Talks About Life After the ‘Superdoc’

22 November 2015 9:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Australian-born artist, war photographer, filmmaker and humanitarian George Gittoes arrived in Amsterdam hard on the heels of winning the Sydney Peace Prize for making a “significant contribution to peace with justice, respect for human rights and the language and practice of non-violence.” A veteran of warzones as far afield as Rwanda, Somalia, Bosnia and Iraq, Gittoes first turned his attention to Afghanistan in 2011, establishing the Yellow House Jalalabad as a cultural center to promote art, filmmaking, music, dance and performance.

Gittoes’ experiences in Jalalabad, where he shares a base with his partner and fellow artist Hellen Rose, form the basis of “Snow Monkey,” an insider’s view of a city often described as one of the most dangerous in the world. Focusing on the legions of street kids who sell ice cream for a living (hence the title), “Snow Monkeys” takes a digressive approach to the documentary format, frequently taking »

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