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We are in the process of raising money to support the production and release of a full-length documentary film that seeks to revolutionize how the world understands the Internet and the Internet’s relationship to democracy.
Over the last six months, we have researched, filmed and edited hours of interviews from some of the foremost authorities on the Internet and media. Recognized and respected university professors, authors, bloggers, non-profit directors, and activists are among the first of the interviews completed thus far. With funding, we plan to interview lobbyists, politicians, government officials, and corporate media executives. The trailer is a sampling of some of this work.
Just as the invention of the printing press ushered in the Enlightenment that tore down the tyrannical walls of the dark ages and that ignited democratic revolutions throughout the world, the internet currently provides the fuel for the revolutions in the Middle East, threatens to upend autocratic rule on a global scale, and awakens sleeping democracies.
But...what would happen if the democratic Internet as we know it, was instead controlled by a handful of Oligarchs? What if these same people had the power and authority to shut the Internet down at their whim and discretion?
Film Director Ali Akbarzadeh explores the real possibilities of this nightmare scenario in the highly anticipated, full length documentary '#killswitch.'