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Facing Social Rebellion and the Risks of Tech


By Roger Costa


In these times of women’s liberation, Danish Director Pernille Fischer Christensen’s biopic on Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren feels utterly relevant and timely. Sensitive and provocative at the same time, the film presents the creation of an artist through her rebel perspectives and unconventional talent for writing. Born into a strictly religious and male dominant family of struggling farmers, she finds a chance to express herself and conquers freedom when hired for a small job at the local newspaper. She’s constantly questioning existential, social and divine matters. As she’s promoted to editing the news, she also starts a complicated affair putting at risk her family integrity. Superbly acted and shot with humble elegance, Christensen conceived a precise examination on the never-ending issue of gender equality, seen through admirable confrontations between the heroine and her obstacles, while she paves the way to become a mature, and successful author of children’s books. (Music Box Films. 11/23. Film Forum NYC.)


Have you ever wonder what happens to those explicit videos you once saw on social media but suddenly disappear? There’s a selected, morally-tested group of people working for a mega corporation in Manila who get to decide what we post, see and exchange on the web. Directors Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck gather important, shocking revelations about the politics, coherence and sometimes prejudice behind these censorship actions. It also exposes the traumas of the haunting souls traumatized by brutal images they have to go through. They collect crucial testimonies from inside and outside, showing how these players live under the weight of a tremendous responsibility on judging and deciding how information affects and what’s actually worth of reaching out to the people. A Sundance selection and Award-winner at International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, it’s a bold and brilliantly structured investigation on the center of global manipulation affairs. (Gebrueder Beetz FilmProduktion. 11/23. Laemmle Monica Film Center LA.)


As the world continues to progress on the experiments of communication, relationship and reliability on technology, award-winning Director Maxim Pozdorovkin’s audacious examination on social effects, proves that very soon, these machines will be replacing human ability. It’s an alarming and scary statistic but the results of tech depedence is sound and clear everywhere, especially with the facts presented here. An efficient account on how modern age is reacting to the advances and risks of replacement, the film collects testimonies from engineers, technicians, regular workers and activists, fearlessly exposing both sides of the coin, and how sometimes the circumstances (and the machinery) go out of control. (HBO Documentary Films. 11/26. HBO and On Demand.)

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