DOKUFEST: SELECTOR’S SELECTIONS DAY 3
As well as our daily insider tips appearing on the website to guide you through DokuFest’s extensive program, festival director Nita Deda has picked out a selection of highlights. Today it’s The Cleaners which is screened tonight at 22:00 at Kino Kalaja.
Moritz Riesewieck and Hans Block’s new documentary The Cleaners peels the rind off of global social media culture to find and increasingly rotten fruit, by putting the content moderators centre stage.
With the steady churn of everything pouring onto Facebook, YouTube, and countless other sites, the outsourced workers, or ‘cleaners,’ charged with upholding community guidelines in this particular Manila office space, are plunged into a dark and strange moral imbroglio. They delve through extreme violence, child pornography, and the occasional (harmless) nipple at a rate of twenty-five thousand a day with two simple choices: ignore or delete.
The film is glossy and stylish, all noir-y talking heads and pixel green animation. But as it darts between the musings of Silicon Valley policy makers and the very heavy toll that the all this shared stuff can have on those who have to parse through it, the film raises pertinent questions about the far-reaching and unpredictable consequences of our everyday encounters on the world wide web.