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Users

A film by Natalia Almada

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Users begins with a mother’s question–will my children love the perfect machines more than they love me, their imperfect mother? She pushes the button and a smart crib lulls her crying baby to sleep, flawlessly every time. This question guides her inquiry into the intimate relationship we have with technology that is increasingly driving all aspects of our society. We explore the unintended and often dehumanizing consequences of our society's embedded belief that technological progress will lead to the betterment of humanity. Is technological progress inevitable? Are we all increasingly isolated? Do we really have agency to direct its course? Is technology an expression of our humanity or is technology destroying our humanity? The film will be a critical and intimate meditation on these questions.

Users traverses places ranging from the largest indoor vertical farm in the world to the perfect artificial wave, from an IVF embryo lab to a fiber optic cable landing. Invisible infrastructure that we all rely on is made visible. Our reliance on machines and our alienation from each other is palatable. Urgent global issues like climate change and privacy are explored from the intimate perspective of a mother thinking, worrying and loving her children.

“A dazzling documentary about the menacing nature of modern times and the fundamental beauty of cutting-edge progress.” —Indiewire

“Bracing, poetic, painterly...Users looks and sounds stunning.” —The Hollywood Reporter

“Truly moving and mind-blowing.” —Rolling Stone

“A science fiction of our time, Natalia Almada’s documentary is a standout piece of stunning nonfiction cinema.” —Sophie Brown, Sight and Sound

“Cinema at its most powerful.” —Le Monde

“Natalia Almada is brilliant... This is a film that picks up where Chris Marker left off at the end of his life in relation to what will the future look like.” —Amy Taubin

Tender, strange, visually stunning, adventuresome, surprising, and deep.” —Rebecca Solnit

Documentary Director Award, Sundance Film Festival 2021
True/False, USA 2021
CPH-DOCX 2021
HotDocs
Visions du Reel, Switzerland 2021
Thessoloniki documentary film festival, Greece 2021
Chicago Doc 10 2021
Sitges Film Festival
Morelia International Film Festival
Sundance Asia in Jakarta
SANFIC, Chile
Jerusalem International Film Festival
BFI London Film Festival
Bergen International Film festival
La Roche Sur Yon
Wexner Center for the Arts, Unorthodocs

81 minutes / Color
Spanish / English subtitles
Release: 2022
Copyright: 2021

For colleges, universities, government agencies, hospitals and corporations

This DVD is sold with a license for institutional use and Public Performance rights.

Subject areas:
Family Relations, Latin America, Mexico, Women's Studies

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