Wednesday, February 22
(Natalia Almada, USA/Mexico, 2022, 88 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles)
The most recent film by acclaimed director Natalia Almada (El General), winner of the Documentary Director Award at the Sundance Film Festival, is a poignant and critical essay on technology and its effects on our everyday lives. The film begins with a mother’s question–will my children love the perfect machines more than they love me, their imperfect mother? She pushes the button, and a smart crib lulls her crying baby to sleep, flawlessly every time. This question guides her inquiry into the intimate relationship we have with technology that is increasingly driving all aspects of our society. With impeccable cinematography and a score performed by Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet, Users explores the unintended and often dehumanizing consequences of our society’s embedded belief that technological progress will lead to the betterment of humanity.