PUBLIC SHOWING on Sunday April 2 @2:00PM
WEST COAST PREMIERE
20 Years ago social media didn’t exist, Youtube didn’t exist. The internet was in its infancy, and global fame was reserved for mega rockstars and world leaders. In media studies, “Star Wars Kid” is widely considered the first instance of a viral internet meme. In Montreal-filmmaker Mathieu Fournier’s eye-opening documentary, Ghyslain Raza speaks out for the first time, emerging from the shadow of the boy who unwittingly became the first meme. Raza’s inability to consent to the onslaught of attention brought his way, depicts more than just a cautionary tale, Fournier offers a historical glimpse at the evolution of media, social networks, consumer behaviour, and the law. For everyone from young media makers to passive TikTok viewers, this vital discussion is illuminated with care and nuance for audiences young and old. Opening a path to make peace with our digital presence, Fournier and Raza also raise questions of justice, compassion and remorse, and urge us to take a sober second look before we engage or share. A must see!
TBA – special guests and speakers will join us on Wed. April 5. Please stand by for that announcement, shortly.
Themes: consent, social media, technology and innovation, cyber-bullying, identity, self-esteem, media ethics, privacy, online relationships, digital environment
Feature film recommended for age: 13+