The Cleaners enters a hidden shadow industry of digital cleaning, where the Internet rids itself of what it doesn‘t like. We meet five “digital scavengers,” among thousands of people outsourced from Silicon Valley, whose job is to delete the “inappropriate”content of the net. In a parallel struggle, we meet people around the globe whose lives are dramatically affected by online censorship. Both stories prompt profound questions around what makes an image art or propaganda, and what defines journalism. Where exactly is the point of balance for social media to be neither an unlegislated space nor a forum rife with censorship? The Cleaners struggles to come to terms with this new and disconcerting paradigm.
Patron tickets & passes include reserved seating and access to a post-film reception with filmmakers and/or other special guests. Hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer will be served after the film.
Patron and series passes grant access to all three of the Peace of the City Screenings.