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7th CUFF.Docs Nov 27 - Dec 1, 2019
17th Calgary Underground Film Festival April 20-26, 2019

The Cleaners

Germany, Brazil, 2018 : Alberta Premiere
Dec. 2 9:30 PM


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 off the net. Underneath their work lies profound questions around what makes an image art or propaganda and what defines journalism. THE CLEANERS struggles to come to terms with this new and disconcerting paradigm. Evolving from a shared social vision of a global village to a web of fake news and radicalization, the film charts the rise and fall of social media’s utopian ideology.

Sundance 2018
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018
CPH:DOX 2018
HotDocs 2018
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018

Hans Block is a German theatre director, musician, and filmmaker. He studied music at the Berlin University of the Arts and directing at the Ernst Busch Institute for Theatre Directing, also in Berlin. Moritz Riesewieck is a German theatre director, author, and filmmaker. He studied economics as a scholar of the German National Academic Foundation, followed by directing at the Ernst Busch Institute for Theatre Directing in Berlin. Moritz Riesewieck and Hans Block have been working as a team since 2007 under the label Laokoon, creating theatre performances and cross-media work. The legend of Laokoon—who revealed the danger of the Trojan horse—serves as an example of their work. The Cleaners marks their debut documentary movie.

Buy Tickets - December 2: 9:30PM


Documentary / Activist

English and Tagalog with English subtitles


Hans Block
Moritz Riesewieck

Executive Producers
Christopher Clements
Julie Goldman
Philippa Kowarsky

Christian Beetz
Georg Tschurtschenthaler

Paradox Paradise

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Winner Creative Documentaries Competition, International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights 2018


"Equal parts fascinating and frightening."
- The Toronto Star
"Smart, stylish doc exposes must-discuss issues regarding the companies who dominate the internet."
- The Hollywood Reporter