Rupa is 15 years old when her stepmother attacks her with acid one night. Hours pass before she receives medical treatment in a hospital in New Delhi. One and a halfyears and a dozen surgeries later Rupa is shocked by her own reflection. The acid attack has left visible scars on her face. At her bedside she hears people saying: “She used to be so beautiful! It would have been better she had died.”
But Rupa is alive.
By chance she gets to know of the campaign “Stop Acid Attacks” and volunteers with them. The campaign fights for the recognition and social inclusion, for better medical facilities and financial compensation of acid attack survivors. Rupa and her fellow campaigners set up “Sheroes Hangout”, a cafe in Agra. They live and work collectively and thereby overcome the societal isolation which they experience due to their scarred faces. A documentary portrayal about empowerment, solidarity and the prospects of a self-determined life.
This is an investigation of film as a style and medium, Metaxy explores narrative conventions through an epistemological overlap of the film and its subject[s]. These 3 separate vignettes transverse story-telling in 3 distinct ways. The subject’s persona generates catharsis through the layering of realities by enacting what it is to be “alive” in the Digital Age.
BLANK is a story about running away. The two women Mila and Charly use this way of escapism to avoid facing their respective crises. Hoping to find new ways of coping with their inner dead ends, they decide to take a trip to the sea but not take into account that they are taking themselves with them. Director Sarah Blaßkiewitz shot a movie solely with her two actresses Anne Haug and Alessija Lause and tells us a story about falling, getting up again, and how some of it can be done neither as three nor as two, but only on your own.
NOTHING TO HIDE is an independent documentary questions the growing, puzzling and passive public acceptance of massive corporate and governmental incursions into individual and group privacy and rights.
The documentary was produced and directed by a pair of Berlin-based journalists, Mihaela Gladovic and Marc Meillassoux, and was crowdfunded by over 400 backers.
After the emotion initially triggered by the Snowden revelations, it seems that the general public has finally accepted to live in a monitored digital world. People generally agree that mass surveillance regimes are inherently invasive and authoritarian. Yet at the same time, the number of online apps and “free” services people install is constantly increasing. Forced to accept their terms and conditions, they click away their privacy and grant access to their own personal data to both corporation and surveillance agencies. To justify their compliance, most of the people usually repeat: “Anyway, I don’t interest anyone”, “Why would they look at me?” and finally “I have NOTHING TO HIDE”.
The implications and consequences of the Nothing to Hide logic in the era of Big Data have never been questioned. Ignoring this question prevents us from answering another: What kind of society are we building for ourselves and future generations?