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The Cleaners Poster

The Cleaners

1h 20m
R-13

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Summary:

Enter a hidden third world shadow industry of digital cleaning, where the Internet rids itself of what it doesn‘t like. Here we meet five “digital scavengers” among thousands of people outsourced from Silicon Valley whose job is to delete “inappropriate” content of the net. In a parallel struggle, we meet people around the globe whose lives are dramatically affected by online censorship. A typical “cleaner” must observe and rate thousands of often deeply disturbing images and videos every day, leading to lasting psychological impacts. Yet underneath their work lie profound questions around what makes an image art or propaganda and what defines journalism. Where exactly is the point of balance for social media to be neither an unlegislated space nor a forum rife with censorship?

Top Billed Cast

Directed by
Hans Block & Moritz Riesewieck

Produced by
Christian Beetz

Producer
Georg Tschurtschenthaler

Executive Producer
Christopher Clements
Julie Goldman
Philippa Kowarsky

Co-Executive Producer
Carolyn Hepburn
Neil Tabatznik
Robin Smith

Co-Producer
Fernando Dias
Maurício Dias
Reinhardt Beetz
Andrea Romeo

Director of Photography
Axel Schneppat & Max Preiss

Editor
Philipp Gromov (BFS)
Hansjörg Weißbrich (BFS)
Markus CM Schmidt

Sound
Karsten Höfer

Music
Paradox Paradise

Line Producer
Kathrin Isberner

Production Manager
Anique Roelfsema
Zora Nessl
Marissa Ericson

Accountants
Sandra Zentgraf
Daniela Schöne

Drone Operator
Konrad Waldmann

Crew Brazil
Tatiana Battaglia
Bianca Corona
Kenya Zanatta
Jacob Solitrenick & Filipe Moraes
Paulo Mattos
Paulo Seabra
Rafael Benvenuti
Caio Carvalho
Danilo Chen
Mario di Poli
Thiago Resende
Rogerio Barion

Titles
Martin Eichhorn

Animation
schnellebuntebilder

VFX
Automatik VFX

Post-Production Manager
Xavier Agudo

Post-Production Coordinator
Ute Aichele

DI Supervisor
Tobias Schaarschmidt

DI Colorist
Claudia Gittel

Digital Cinema Master Creation
Steffen Görner

Re-Recording Mixer
Jörg Höhne

Sound Designer
Karl Gerhardt
Laura Matissek

Details

COUNTRY :
LANGUAGE : English

Crew

PRODUCER : Christian Beetz, Georg Tschurtschenthaler
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Axel Schneppat, Max Preiss
EDITOR : Philipp Gromov, Hansjorg Weirbrich, Markus CM Schmidt
SOUND : Karsten Hofer

DIRECTOR
Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck
SCREENWRITER
Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck, Georg Tschurtschenthaler
PRODUCER
Christian Beetz, Georg Tschurtschenthaler
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Christopher Clements, Julie Goldman, Philippa Kowarsky
CO-PRODUCER
Fernando Dias, Mauricio Dias, Reinhardt Beetz, Andrea Romeo
CINEMATOGRAPHER
Axel Schneppat, Max Preiss
EDITOR
Philipp Gromov, Hansjorg Weirbrich, Markus CM Schmidt
SOUND DESIGN
Karsten Hofer
MUSIC
John Gurtler, Jan Miserre, Lars Voges

Festivals Participated / Recognitions

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema Documentary (Nominee)

GERMAN DIRECTOR’S AWARD METROPOLIS 2018
Best Director – Documentary

INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AND FORUM ON HUMAN RIGHTS
Gilda Vieira de Mello Award

IT’S ALL TRUE – INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
Honorable Mention

PRIX EUROPA
Best European TV Documentary of the Year

Related Articles:

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A look at the content moderators that control what we see turns into a manifesto against the internet itself
The Cleaners | Digital Cleaners Censoring Your Feed … – PBS
Do their decisions distort your understanding of the world as much as clever hoaxes and “fake news”? They’re hired by Silicon Valley leaders like Facebook and Google to do “digital cleaning,”
‘The Cleaners’ Review: Sundance Film Festival – Variety
This thorough, yet conflicted globe-trotting documentary thriller meets the social media censors struggling to save the web
The Cleaners: Meet the hidden people who clean up the worst of the internet
One moderator talks about her job as sacrifice. For her, cleaning up the sins of the world, imprinted on timelines and newsfeeds in the form of videos of air strikes in Syria and child pornography, is a religious mission.