We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists

Posted January 21, 2012 in
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Film still from We Are Legion

If you see this film, put on a Guy Fawkes mask, storm out into the streets and begin protesting, don’t be taken aback. From the prankster beginnings of early hacktivist groups and the awkward birth of Anonymous from the loins of the website 4Chan, documentary filmmaker Brian Knappenberger follows the sometimes slow, sometimes mind-blowing-ly fast development of the hacktivist movement. Through interviews with former and current Anonymous members, footage taken by the activists themselves and some very impressive editing, We Are Legion presents a surprisingly historically correct version of past events that no newsroom would approve of. Interviews with Gabriella Coleman, of McGill University, and “Internet Denizen” Mercedes Haefer are particularly interesting. If there’s a single ounce of civil disobedience in your body, this documentary was made for you. When asked whether or not the film has been picked up for distribution, Knappenberger said, “We’ve gotten a lot of interest, tons and tons of interest, but nothings been decided yet.” But, come on, they are legion, and we should expect them. –Johnny Logan

 

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Screenings:

Date: 1/20/12 Time: 5:30 PM Venue: Treasure Mountain Inn, Main Screening Room

Date: 1/26/12 Time: 3:30 PM Venue: Treasure Mountain Inn, Main Screening Room

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Film still from We Are Legion