The Cleaners



Hans Block, Moritz Rieswieck, Germany, Brazil, 2018, 88’

There is a perception that social media are uncensored platforms, open and apolitical. This idea may exist because there is almost everything out there one could imagine, from bacon lampshades to noseflute recitals. The truth is: tens of thousands of moderators scan material 24/7 on social networks, each averaging 25 000 images per shift, making the snap judgement – delete or ignore. None of the big hitters is directly involved but sub-contract the work to companies based outside the US, in countries like the Philippines where hundreds of operators in booths, like battery hens, plough through porn, beheadings, crime scenes, bombings and other equally disturbing material that can inflict secondary trauma… on the operators. Shot in a staccato style that could be calledtech-interruptedthe film is portentous: who will tell me what I can watch in the future … master?

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Hans Block is a German theater director, filmmaker and musician. He studied music at the University of Arts in Berlin and theater directing at Ernst Bush Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin. In 2014, Block became resident director and member of the Artistic Direction of the Box at Schauspiel Frankfurt.

Mortiz Riesewieck is a German essay author, scriptwriter and director. He studied theater directing at Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin. He also studied Economics as a fellow of the German Academic Schloarship Foundation and worked as an assistant director at Schaubuehne am Lehniner Platz in Berlin.

Director: Hans Block. Moritz Rieswieck

Producer: Christian Beetz, Georg Tschurtschenthaler

Camera: Axel Schneppat, Max Preiss

Editor: Philipp Gromov, Hansjörg Weißbrich, Markus CM Schmidt

Sound: Karsten Höfer

Music: John Gürtler, Jan Miserre, Lars Voges



Sunday 22nd July, 2.45pm, The RoadHouse Cinema (Q&A)


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