Booty

(feature / documentary)

A documentary about ownership.

BOOTY looks at the status of cultural treasures taken from their country of origin. Voices demanding repatriation are getting stronger. Museum directors talk about why their institution is the rightful owner and custodian of certain objects. People demanding repatriation explain the necessity of guarding their cultural heritage in an accessible place in the home country. BOOTY also looks at the current situation in the Middle East and how that affects the cultural heritage of certain areas. The turmoil in Iraq, Egypt, Libya and Syria has led to mayhem in the cultural heritage domain: looted museums and looted archeological sites. This has not stopped. To make money Islamic State is selling looting licenses to entrepreneurs and professional art thieves. Looting now takes place on industrial scale.

Supported by the Icelanding Film Fund and OTE TV.

January 22, 2016

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