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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Truth about Killer Robots
The Truth about Killer Robots
The Truth about Killer Robots

The Truth about Killer Robots

director: Maxim Pozdorovkin
original title: The Truth About Killer Robots
country: United States
year: 2018
running time: 82 min.

synopsis

A look at the integration of machines into daily life. On the one hand, robots are very useful; on the other, they replace people’s jobs and can even threaten their lives. The film is a montage of interviews with workers and various specialists, and shows footage from places where robots are used on a regular basis. 

biography

Maxim Pozdorovkin (1981) was born in Moscow and today lives in New York. His documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (2013), shot in collaboration with Mike Lerner, won a special award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

more about film

director: Maxim Pozdorovkin
producer: Joe Bender, Maxim Pozdorovkin
photography: Joe Bender
editing: Isabel Ponte, Maxim Pozdorovkin

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Tell Me about the Stars

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section: A Testimony on Knowledge
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In the Realm of Perfection

Julien Faraut
France / 2018 / 95 min.
section: A Testimony on Knowledge
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The Other Side of Mars
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personal program

The Other Side of Mars

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section: A Testimony on Knowledge
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Badiou

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section: A Testimony on Knowledge
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Every Tear

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The Bit Player

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Bazin's Film

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