George Gittoes (shown at left and elsewhere below), is up to, rescuing/educating one by one citizens of lands like Pakistan and Afghanistan, teaching and helping them to understand, appreciate and even make and star in their own movies as a pathway toward bridging certain gaps -- west and east, class and religion and who knows, maybe even a few others in the process.
The Miscreants of Taliwood, which gave us the kind of education into provincial Pakistan that few had seen up to then (2009), or others of his films since, you'll know you're in for an original combination of documentary about filmmaking in the middle east in which middle easterners take part in the film, learning the art and craft of the process of movie-making, even as the audience learns about them and their society.
SNOW MONKEY, is a case in point. Using a combina-tion of documen-tary and narra-tive techniques so that, finally, the viewer can't really differentiate (or maybe even care to), Gittoes documents groups of youth "gangs" in present-day Jalalabad.
Melbourne International Film Festival, Snow Monkey premieres on November 20 at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Click here for more information.