Three digital rights films tackling freedom of expression – The Offensive Internet, Black Out, and Not Love Songs – will be featured in the online screening on March 4.
The Malaysian government’s clampdown on free expression online using the Communications and Multimedia Act compelled documentary filmmaker and journalist Yihwen Chen to make ‘The Offensive Internet’.
The director behind ‘Black Out’ shares how the Tech Tales film was created to combat widespread disinformation and fear mongering by the Myanmar junta in the aftermath of the 2021 coup.
‘Black Out’, a film from the Tech Tales collection, is among 40 films from or about Myanmar featured in the encore edition of the Burma Spring Benefit Film Festival running online from February 1 to 13.
Tech Tales: ‘Moving’, ‘brave’ films uncovering interconnected digital rights issues in the Asia-Pacific
Members of Tech Tales’ advisory board, who worked together with EngageMedia and the filmmakers to ensure the films’ accuracy in depicting digital rights, say the collection highlighted human experiences of technology that needed to be told.
Five digital rights films from the Tech Tales collection were among the works screened for Myanmar audiences at an online film festival that aimed to raise awareness on the human rights situation in the country. As of writing, the two-day festival has garnered over 300,000 cumulative views online on the pages of local news organisations Toward Journal and Mizzima TV.
Human Rights Day is an opportunity to remind everyone that digital rights are human rights: Everyone deserves to equally enjoy the benefits of technology and protection from its harms. To mark this event, EngageMedia is launching two research reports and a limited virtual screening of our Tech Tales film collection.
From December 10 to 18, catch all eight thought-provoking films that highlight key digital rights issues in the Asia-Pacific.
EngageMedia Executive Director Andrew Lowenthal shares the idea behind the Tech Tales film collection, and what these digital rights films aim to achieve.