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.
 

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2015
Production country:
Australia
Co production country:
Norway
Release date (national):
2015-08-03
Release date (international):
2015-11-19
Production company:
Unicorn Films
Gittoes Film
Co production company:
Piraya Film AS
Producer:
Lizzette Atkins
George Gittoes
Co producer:
Bjarte Mørner Tveit
Torstein Grude

Director

  • George Gittoes

    Honorary Doctor of Letters University of NSW. Veteran frontline painter, photographer and journalist of many wars and 40 years of filmmaking covering Cambodia, Somalia, Nicaragua, Philippines, East Timor, Bougainville, Aboriginal Land rights Australia, Northern Ireland, Rwanda, South Africa, Mozambique, Congo, Tibet, Three Gorges Dam China, Bosnia, Western Sahara, Israel-Palestine, Southern Lebanon, Tribal Belt of Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Recent documentaries: Soundtrack to War, Rampage and Miscreants of Taliwood.

    George Gittoes

Crew

Director:
George Gittoes
Screenplay:
George Gittoes
Cinematographer:
Waqar Alam
George Gittoes
Editor:
Nick Meyers
Composer:
Hellen Rose
Hugo Race
Sound Design:
Serge Stanley
David White

Technical information

Format:
DCP 4k
Colour:
Colour
Length in mins:
148'

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