2010. Austria. Nikolaus Geyrhalter. 100 min.
Followed by a discussion with Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Monday, February 27, 2012, 8:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2010. Austria. Directed by Nikolaus Geyrhalter. Edited down from material shot in 10 countries over 14 months, Geyrhalter’s remarkable film demonstrates the empowering, unifying, and alienating nature of technology. Abendland is made up of a series of loosely connected events: a premature infant is nurtured in a hi-tech incubator; Pope Benedict XVI addresses a congregation of priests from an enormous video screen; two trainee police officers practice apprehending a suspect using a virtual-reality simulator. A theme of exclusion underlies much of this study, revealing how technology ensnares immigrants who wish to share in Western freedoms. Copresented with True/False Film Festival. 100 min.
In the Film exhibition Documentary Fortnight 2012: MoMA's International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media
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