Possessed

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    Possessed

    Directed by

    Netherlands

    2018

    67 min

    • English

    Essay

    This rich essay searches for new ways of being together in the age of social media. We arrange our lives to impress the gaze of others and have become accustomed to being seen. For many young people, however, the party is over. Neoliberalism has made murderous competition the norm; and in the meantime, the planet is dying. Following the unmasking of Facebook’s real motives, more and more people are deleting their Facebook accounts – but this often results in social death. The first image in POSSESSED sets the tone: liquefied lead runs over burning smartphones, followed by images of a devastated neighbourhood in Aleppo. Even the smartphones have not survived the attack. The chains of social media must be cast off, but the perpetual question remains: Who is looking out for you? Academics Alex Williams (University of East Anglia) and Nick Srnicek (King's College London) address this crucial question, along with other issues.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Olivia Lonsdale
    Alex Williams
    Nick Srnicek
    Screenplay
    Rob Schröder
    Daniël van der Velden
    Vinca Kruk
    Cinematography
    Remko Schnorr
    Editing
    Wouter van Luijn
    Rob Schröder
    Daniël van der Velden
    Vinca Kruk
    Music
    Laurel Halo
    Production
    DUTCH MOUNTAIN FILM
    Metahaven

    Metahaven

    Netherlands

    METAHAVEN, founded by Vinca Kruk and Daniël van der Velden, makes films and installations and based in Amsterdam. Metahaven releases its own work, but also works on commission. As well as making films and graphic designs, the studio has published several articles and books. Metahaven’s full-length documentary THE SPRAWL (PROPAGANDA ABOUT PROPAGANDA) was released in 2016. INFORMATION SKIES (2017), an experimental fiction short, is its successor. POSESSED (2018), co-directed with Rob Schröder and nominated for a Hivos Tiger Award, will have its world premiere during IFFR 2018.

    Rob Schröder

    Rob Schröder

    Netherlands

    Rob SCHRÖDER (1950) is a Dutch writer, graphic designer and documentary filmmaker. He was the founder of ‘Wild Plakken’, a politically activist designer collective working for (among others) cultural institutions. He was a professor at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and also one the founders of the Sandberg Institute. As a documentary maker he worked on independent programmes and films, as well as for broadcaster VPRO. In 2018, Schröder made the film POSSESSED together with Metahaven, which is nominated for a Hivos Tiger Award.