The Cleaners

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Directed by Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck
2018
89 minutes
15+
The critical, controversial issue of internet censorship: from the tech workers employed to delete “inappropriate content” to the users impacted by their decisions.

In an anonymous Manila office, ‘digital scavengers’ or ‘cleaners’, contracted by Silicon Valley, spend hours deleting what is deemed to be inappropriate images and footage from the internet. They are expected to rate thousands of extreme images, from violent events to pornography, every day. There’s a sinister aspect to their roles, heightened by their anonymity, and that of their employers. Inevitably, viewing an endless parade of abuse takes its toll. It’s not only the Filipino workers who are impacted: when they press the ‘delete’ button, they are changing the way we see the world. Directors Moritz Riesewieck and Hans Block’s dramatic, must-see documentary raises vital questions about free speech.

Smart, stylish doc exposes must-discuss issues regarding the companies who dominate the internet. – John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

The Cleaners prevails most by shining a light on those whose existence has all but been erased by a flawed system, all so that everyone else can still be heard on social media. – Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

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The Cleaners

Event Cinemas George St 9
Wed 13 June
6pm—7:29pm
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The Cleaners

Dendy Newtown
Fri 15 June
8pm—9:29pm
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Year
2018
Classification
15+
Country
Germany, Brazil
Language
In English and Tagalog with English subtitles
Director
Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck
Producer
Christian Beetz, Georg Tschurtschenthaler
Cinematographer
Axel Schneppat, Max Preiss
Company Credits
Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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