Festival internacional Signos da Noite - Lisboa
International Festival Signs of the Night - Lisbon

17° Festival internacional Signos da Noite - Lisboa (5° Edição) - January 17-20, 2020

Monday - January 20th, 2020
9 pm

Lisboa, Portugal


Ghazipur, in the Shadow of the Landfill
Maxime Priou, Arthur Rayssiguier, Marin Guillochon
France (India) / 2019 / 029:00


You can only see it overhanging the horizon, the waste mountain of Ghazipur. As tall as the Taj Mahal, 70 meters of garbages rise above the city that surrounds it, New Delhi. Located in the eastern part of the capital, it exists since thirty years. Its growth quickly became out of control: here converges the millions of tonnes of garbages from a megalopolis estimated at 30 millions inhabitants.



The Cleaners
Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck
Germany, Brazil / 2018 / 1:28:00

We already knew that fake news gets pumped around. And also that our online behaviour determines what gets shown on everyone’s timeline on social media. But that thousands of Filipino content moderators are actively deciding every day what actually gets seen on the web, so that our timelines are pleasant or at least non-violent? This fact was hidden until recently. Propaganda or free newscast? With hardened eyes and continually learning about sex terms and jihadist flags, this immense workforce decide on thousands of newly placed videos and pictures. In their revealing debut documentary The Cleaners, Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck infiltrate this shadow industry. The internet is not as neutral and democratic as it pretends. High-placed tech experts and (ex-)cleaners speak about the need for and practice of these actions. From conversations with victims of this censorship, it seems that cleaners help steer the course of history. 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 of the net. In a parallel struggle, we meet people around the globe whose lives are dramatically affected by online censorship. A typical “cleaner” must observe and rate thousands of often deeply disturbing images and videos every day, leading to lasting psychological impacts.