The world of tomorrow

CONTROL: A dystopic visual essay reflecting on the filmmaker’s children’s future in a technological world.

Past, present, future – traveling in time, changing perspectives, and imagining. I remember watching Back to the Future II and discussing with my father that it is very unlikely we will be able to have video-calls in our lifetime. Now, along with smartphones, automatic cashiers, talking gadgets, and many other technological innovations, it is a reality. If the transformation continues at this pace, the kids of today will inhabit a completely different world in a matter of decades.

Mexican director Natalia Almada addresses these questions in her visually stunning documentary Users. She combines the universal and the personal – questioning technological progress and meditating on her own role as a mother in a rapidly changing world.

Users, a film by Natalia Almada
Users, a film by Natalia Almada

Children’s faces

In 1978, Latvian-born director Herz Frank made a remarkable documentary Ten Minutes Older. He observes the faces of preschool children watching . . .

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