The World Online

Screen content about screen content! Take a dive into The World Online, a program of films exploring lives lived through screens, machines and live-streams.

From the frontlines of the fight for truth in a fake news world to the lived experience behind the computer keyboards of Ghanians who scam westerners to survive, from teenage influencers and emoji activists to profound explorations of digital voyeurism and AI, these films deal with the practical, philosophical and potential impacts of our connected, always-on, global lives.

Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World

Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World

After mainstream media ‘fake news’ scandals and cost-cutting, now citizen journalists are breaking the world’s most compelling stories.

Jawline

Jawline

Tennessee teen Austyn Tester chases his version of the American dream one like and live-stream at a time in this eye-opening exploration of today’s influencer culture – this year’s Sundance Film Festival Breakthrough Filmmaker winner.

Machine

Machine

Infiltrating everything from transport to military to healthcare – among an ever-growing list of fields – artificial intelligence is no longer merely the realm of science fiction. In a world where machines are fast becoming smarter than people, what makes humanity special? And what does our increasing reliance upon and subservience to technology mean for our future?

Picture Character

Picture Character

It’s the 21st century’s lingua franca: a global pictorial alphabet that has turned our phones into a hotbed of smileys, eggplants and happy poops. Picture Character is the fascinating inside story of emojis, the world’s favourite conlang (constructed language).

Present.Perfect.

Present.Perfect.

“Shengze Zhu’s Rotterdam Film Festival Tiger Award winner looks at the culture of live-streaming in China … [and] raises important questions about the politics of viewership, the documentary form’s complex ties to reality and about human relationships in a digitally connected world.” – CineVue

Sakawa

Sakawa

An arresting vision of the Ghanian scammers behind the computer keyboards.