April 20, 2017
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Overlooked & Underrated Docs & Features (click on broll or dschwartz for all his posts)
Killswitch: Another Front on the Struggle for Democracy
When I first saw the title ‘Killswitch’ on Netflix, and noted that it’s about the internet, I immediately assumed the film is just another documentary about that subject, ‘I’ve seen enough of these,’ I thought.
I was wrong.
What sparked me to view the film was remembering the just-occurred, non-violent
that put Trump in power, and gave the Republican Party control of all three branches of our so-called democracy. Governmental corruption has been given a large dose of methamphetamine, and net neutrality is clearly in jeopardy.
On the surface this film covers that struggle for internet privacy and open access to information and content. Open the book, however, and we see that “
” provides the broader context within which this struggle takes place.
The interviewees in “
” are thoughtful, their words are at moments horrifying or inspiring. The works of Aaron Swartz and Edward Snowden form the film’s human core. Snowden’s name is already in our history books, but Swartz’s name and story hasn’t received the exposure the martyred activist deserves. Their stories are told by themselves and by Lawrence Lessig, Tim Wu and Peter Ludlow.
” is stunning, and a reminder to pay attention to our ‘alternative’ press—which includes documentary films. I put ‘alternative’ in single quotes because that is our real press. Intensified attacks on the internet are imminent.
The film's four core filmmakers are:
Ali Akbarzadeh, Director
Chris Dollar, Writer
Prichard Smith, Editor
Jeff Horn, Producer
All work under the aegis of
D. Schwartz January 10, 2017