Hackitat – A film about political hacking, world wide

3 Jul

This film will crash land in the middle of the conflict currently taking place between those who want to keep technology and the Internet free and those who want to control it.

We want to make this documentary and release it under a creative commons license so that everyone can see the film. But for this to happen we need your help.

ABOUT THE FILM

What compels some people to spend a lot of time and energy on setting up servers, creating programs and even committing crimes to help people in a dictatorship in another country to communicate freely?

Who are the people building a nation on the Internet and why are they doing it? How are the hackers in Bolivia working to integrate indigenous languages into computer software so that all people can access the technology?

Who are the hackers in the middle east that some call terrorists and some call freedom activists. What drives this activism and does anonymous in Bahrain share a common ideology with anonymous in Brazil?

Around the world there is a network of hackerspaces that explore, hack and create new ways of expressing themselves with technology. Hackerspaces that by some are seen as a threat to our digital society. What is it that drives these people? What are their purpose and their reasons for what they do? How do they live their lives?

These are some of the questions we will seek to answer with this movie as we meet hackers and visit their hackerspaces.

WHERE DID THE IDEA CAME FROM

On the 28th of November 2009 Malmö’s hackerspace Forskningsavdelningen was raided by masked police. Armed with batons and pepper spray they stormed the social center where the hackerspace housed and confiscated computers and other technical equipment.

One of the people detained was a hacker named mackt. With a background in the Pirate Bay, for him the raid was yet another proof of society’s mistrust and lack of understanding of hacker culture.

After the incident he wanted to do something about the distorted image of hackers. He contacted the film collective RåFILM in Malmö and the idea was born to make a documentary that explains the political aspects of hacker culture beyond the simplifications and preconceptions.

Read more on hackitat.com.

If you don’t have the possibility to help financially you can always help us by spreading the word! ❤

Thanks for showing interest in our project!

Alex, Gonzalo & mackt

hackitat.com
facebook.com/hackitat
twitter.com/hackitat
identi.ca/hackitat
rafilm.se
mackt.se
 
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