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About

“Like” it or not, Facebook wants you to share everything, but how much information are they willing to share with you?

A new documentary takes a close look at Facebook, its laws, powers and its influence on privacy and freedom of expression.


The film

Facebook demands that its citizens are open and connected,  yet Facebook as a company is far from open and transparent.

With 1.4 billion users, Facebook is the world’s largest social media space and the company stores personal data on an unprecedented scale.  Facebook is perhaps the most visible symptom of an increasingly closed and centralised internet, but is also a social revolution with great democratic potential.

“Facebookistan” takes a close look at Facebook, exploring how several individuals and organisations are hit hard by Facebook’s policies and by their working conditions. The film examines through case examples, how Facebook as a business challenges two of democracy’s basic principles: the right to free speech and the right to privacy.

Film director Jakob Gottschau has made a well researched indictment against Facebook, shining a light on author Peter Øvig who’s work came under fire from Facebook’s censorship machine when his book ‘Hippie’ was too much for Facebook with its historical pictures of bare breasts and 1970s permissiveness; Sister Roma who, as an important representative of the LGBT scene in San Francisco, was discriminated against in terms of keeping a secret identity; and on the film’s protagonist, Max Schrems – an Austrian activist who successfully filed a lawsuit against Facebook and who is founder of the group “Europe vs. Facebook”.

Facebook is perhaps the most visible symptom of an increasingly closed and centralised internet, but it is also a social revolution with great democratic potential.

 

 


Director and producer
Jakob Gottschau

Producers
Felicity Willetts

Director’s Assistant
Emanuel Andreoli

Cinematographers
Jakob Gottschau
Emanuel Andreoli

Additional Camerawork
Jens Pedersen
David Donnenfield
Klaus Holsting

Editor
Jens Pedersen

Composers
Edmund Jolliffe
Julian Hamlin

Creative consultants
Ben Lewis
Jacob Thuesen
Jesper Osmund

Digital consultants
Pernille Tranberg
Anders Kjærulff

Research
Charlotte Geckler
Kristine Nielsen

Graphics and colour grading
Mark Julius Nielsen

Sound design
Lars Rasmussen

PR & Launch consultant
Josephine Michau

Artwork
Force of Nature


Length
58 minutes


Languages
German
English
Danish
Danish and English (UK) Subtitles

Upcoming screenings

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There are no upcoming screenings.

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