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"The Man Who Stole Banksy," a street art documentary that premiered at New York's Tribeca Film Festival Friday, spins a tale that mixes would-be art-world avarice with Middle East politics. The film about the removal and sale of a graffiti work on a concrete wall by anonymous British street artist Banksy in Bethlehem also serves to put a human face on an area beset by violence, director Marco Proserpio said.Banksy, who works in secret and whose artwork has fetched six-figure sums at auction, traveled to Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank in 2007 and painted six images in the birthplace of Jesus.The film focuses on one work – a black spray-painted donkey whose documents are checked by an Israeli soldier in an ironic twist on the Jewish state's strict security – and how one day it went missing from its wall.
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