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Archived: Facebookistan (2015)

director: Jakob Gottschau

composer: Edmund Jolliffe, Julian Hamlin
With: Mark Zuckerberg (archive footage), Max Schrems, Peter Øvig Knudsen, a.o.

duration: 60 minutes
Docs , Documentary, Political

Nordic Cinema
Film Fest Gent - Facebookistan

Facebook speaks and lives of that its citizens must be connected and open, but Facebook themselves are closed and intransparent.

With 1.4 billion users, Facebook is the world's largest public space and the company store personal data on an unprecedented scale. Several individuals and organizations are hit hard by Facebook's policy, working conditions and the power and the potential consequences of Facebook's power is enormous. Facebookistan takes a close look at Facebook's business model and way of operating.

The film examines through case examples and 'outlaws in Facebookistan' how the business Facebook challenges two of democracy's basic principles - the right to speak and the right to privacy.

Film director Jakob Gottschau has made a well researched indictment against Facebook with interesting and relevant persons such as Peter Øvig who came into Facebook's censorship machine with his books on the hippie period and the related nudes, Sister Roma who, as an important representative of the queer scene in the United States, was discriminated against in terms of keeping a secret identity and the film's protagonist, Max Schrems - an Austrian activist who has successfully filed a lawsuit against Facebook and who's founder of the group 'Europe vs. Facebook '.

'Like' it or not, Facebook wants you to share everything, but how much information are they willing to share with you? 'Facebookistan' is the first critical documentary film about a company that stores personal data on an unprecedented scale. (S.D.W.)

The film is preceeded by Tom Odell's short 'I Was a Winner'.


director: Jakob Gottschau
composer: Edmund Jolliffe, Julian Hamlin
producer: Jakob Gottschau
Editor: Jens Pedersen
Cinematography: Jakob Gottschau & Emanuel Andreoli

production company: Express TV-Producktion

More info

dialogue: English, German, Danish, Turkish
subtitles: Eng subt.
country: Denmark - Finland
year: 2015

Official site


JAKOB GOTTSCHAU: Den gyldne ris (2002), 100 års indvandring (2003, TV series), Forureningens historie (2003-, TV series), Turen går til Mars (2009-, TV series), Facebookistan (2015).

Technical Specs

format: DCP
frame: 1:1,78


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