The Cleaners

12 September, 2018

Runtime: 90′


Enter the shadow industry of digital cleaning to meet five “digital scavengers”. Their job, like thousands of others outsourced by Silicone Valley, is to delete “inappropriate” content off the internet. In a parallel struggle, we meet people around the globe whose lives are dramatically affected by online censorship. A typical “cleaner” must observe and rate thousands of often deeply disturbing images and videos every day, leading to lasting psychological impacts. Yet underneath their work lie profound questions: what makes an image art or propaganda? What defines journalism? Where is the point of balance for social media to be neither an unlegislated space nor a forum rife with censorship?

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Ciné-ONU | UN Cinema screening of The Cleaners, by Hans Block & Moritz Riesewieck (Image: The Cleaners poster)

by Hans Block & Moritz Riesewieck

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The film was followed by a panel discussion with:

Ryan Killackey

Ryan Killackey

Film Director

Director of ‘Yasuni Man

Maria Cristina Zucco

Maria Cristina Zucco

Legal Officer

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Fernando Ponz Canto

Fernando Ponz Canto

Deputy Head of Division for Mexico, Central America and Caribbean

European External Action Service (EEAS)

Carlos Jimenez

Carlos Jimenez


United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC)

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