The Cleaners

Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck - 88'
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SCREENINGS

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SYNOPSIS

Enter a hidden third world shadow industry of digital cleaning, where the Internet rids itself of what it doesn‘t like. Here we meet five “digital scavengers”, among thousands of people outsourced from Silicon Valley, whose job is to delete “inappropriate” content of the net. In a parallel struggle, we meet people around the globe whose lives are dramatically affected by online censorship. A typical “cleaner” must observe and rate thousands of often deeply disturbing images and videos every day, leading to lasting psychological impacts.

Yet underneath their work lie profound questions around what makes an image art or propaganda and what defines journalism. Where exactly is the point of balance for social media to be neither an unlegislated space nor a forum rife with censorship? THE CLEANERS struggles to come to terms with this new and disconcerting paradigm. Evolving from a shared social vision of a global village to a web of fake news and radicalization, the film charts the rise and fall of social media’s utopian ideology.

Ambassadors of the film: Róbert Gál (social scientist), Ádám Ivanovics (student of II. Rákóczi Ferenc High School)

CATEGORY

#nakedtruth

CAST

DIRECTOR:
Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck
PRODUCER:
Christian Beetz, Georg Tschurtschenthaler
CINEMATOGRAPHER:
Axel Schneppat, Max Preiss
EDITOR:
Philipp Gromov, Hansjörg Weißbrich, Markus CM Schmidt

INFORMATION

Country:
Germany, Brazil
Original language:
English
Year:
2018

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Duration:
88 min