ACMI Cinemas presents THE CLEANERS

September 10, 2018

Who is controlling what we see …and what we think A neon-lit documentary shot like a noir thriller”…Variety

ACMI Cinemas presents THE CLEANERS

Who is controlling what we see …and what we think A neon-lit documentary shot like a noir thriller”…Variety

THE CLEANERS, the stunning documentary feature that stunned Sundance audiences, earlier this year will have an exclusive Melbourne season at ACMI Cinemas from October 16 as part of a limited national release by Madman Films.

The first documentary feature by Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck, THE CLEANERS dives into a hidden, shadow industry of digital cleaning in developing countries, where the Internet rids itself of what it doesn‘t like. Here we meet three “digital scavengers” among thousands of people outsourced from Silicon Valley whose job is to delete “inappropriate” content off 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 lies profound questions around what makes an image art or propaganda and what defines journalism.

John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter: “The Cleaners is an important documentary that invites viewers to now think more deeply and broadly about what does and doesn’t appear in their feed-dominated media diet… This arthouse-ready doc will deepen viewers’ understanding of, and concern about, some of the Internet Age’s most urgent concerns.”

Hans Block is a German theatre director, musician, and filmmaker. He studied music at the Berlin University of the Arts and directing at the Ernst Busch Institute for Theatre Directing, also in Berlin. Moritz Riesewieck is a German theatre director, author, and filmmaker. He studied economics as a scholar of the German National Academic Foundation, followed by directing at the Ernst Busch Institute for Theatre Directing in Berlin.

Moritz Riesewieck and Hans Block collaborate under the label ‘Laokoon’, named after the legendary Trojan seer who was the only one who unmasked the Trojan Horse’s true nature: a dangerous fraud. In their works Riesewieck and Block aim to reveal the Trojan horses of our time. Their projects, which they develop in various media forms, start with investigations and end up as striking, complex narrations.

Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck: “With our documentary we want to stimulate a debate that is long overdue: Almost 15 years after their invention, social networks have come to be both a powerful and dangerous tool that is capable of dividing societies, excluding minorities and promoting genocide. We want to bring into focus where our societies are heading.  We can’t leave the responsibility for the digital public sphere to private companies that turn outrage and collective uproar into money and despite all lip service, don’t take genuine efforts against these developments.”

Running time: 88 minutes

ACMI Cinemas exclusive Melbourne season:

Friday 19th October to Tuesday 6th November 2018.