GITTOES FILMS presents SNOW MONKEY
UNICORN FILMS and SCREEN AUSTRALIA
Written & Directed by
LIZZETTE ATKINS and GEORGE GITTOES
©2015 Gittoes Films Pty Ltd
Unicorn Films Pty Ltd
One of Australia's greatest photojournalists takes you on a riveting first-hand journey through an Afghanistan you'll never see on the news.
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 Kochi 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 that won him the Sydney Peace Prize, Gittoes shows us the unseen nature of Afghanistan's politics, culture and society, up close and startlingly personal.