Film Screening "The Cleaners"

Screening of the film "The Cleaners" in the presence of the film directors. To be followed by a Q&A session.

Venue: UNESCO Headquarters (Room II), Paris, France.
Enter a hidden third world shadow industry of digital cleaning, where the Internet rids itself of what it doesn‘t like. Here we meet five “digital scavengers”, among thousands of people outsourced from Silicon Valley, whose job is to delete “inappropriate” content of the net. 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 around what makes an image art or propaganda and what defines journalism. Where exactly is the point of balance for social media to be neither an unlegislated space nor a forum rife with censorship? THE CLEANERS struggles to come to terms with this new and disconcerting paradigm. Evolving from a shared social vision of a global village to a web of fake news and radicalization, the film charts the rise and fall of social media’s utopian ideology.

Language of the film screening and Q&A: English.


Type of Event Film projection
Start 13.11.2018 19:00 local time
End 13.11.2018 21:30 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point McCabe, Saorla
Organizer UNESCO
Contact Saorla McCabe (Email:
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 125, Avenue de Suffren
Room Room II
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English
Estimated number of participants
Official Website
Link 1 The Cleaners - Information Note
Link 2 Fostering Freedom of Expression
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