Behind the Screen - The Life of my Computer

Behind the Screen -  The Life of my Computer
Behind the Screen -  The Life of my Computer
Behind the Screen -  The Life of my Computer

Seven computers per second are produced worldwide. Behind the Screen casts a formidable glance behind the facade of the electronics industry. The starting point is Ghana’s rainforest. There, young gold diggers stand up to their knees in mud. They slave away in the tropical heat with shovels and pickaxes. Gold has become a curse for them, as large mining companies have long been taking the valuable land away from them and the rivers have been poisoned by the quicksilver and cyanide used for extraction. The collected gold finds its way to computers’ circuit boards. The price of electronics has been falling for years. In the Czech Republic, workers put together computers; they bear the brunt of global competition in the sector. In a dark alley in Pardubice, Janko explains that he works on the assembly line for a pittance of two to three euros per hour, twelve hours a day, six days a week. Some workers pass out, some collapse. The manufactured computers’ life expectancy is constantly dropping and new models flood the market daily. The trail of discarded PCs leads back to Ghana. Dark clouds rise from the electronics scrap yard in Agbogbloshie: An apocalyptic scene – as though directly from a film about the world’s last days. Computer screens, printers, and keyboards tower several meters high. Every month, 500 container loads of electronic scrap from industrial countries land in Ghana. Officially declared as “second-hand goods,” ninety percent of it is already trash upon arrival. Children tear apart computers with their bare hands, destroy the screens. When they burn the plastic cases, the flames flare up in a glare; poisonous vapors hit them directly in the face. Selling the metal remain brings a meager income. The toxic heritage of the information age claims its victims. (Brigitte Reisenberger)

Translation: Lisa Rosenblatt

Orig. Title
Behind the Screen – Das Leben meines Computers
Year
2011
Country
Austria
Duration
60 min
Category
Documentary
Orig. Language
Various
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Credits
Director
Stefan Baumgartner
Script
Stefan Baumgartner, Simon Fraissler
Cinematography
Simon Fraissler
Editing
Simon Fraissler
Sound
Harald Prochaska, Hans Peter Hochwarther, Johann Steiner
Soundmix
Thomas Schorn
2 D Animation
Daniel Ostermann, Stefan Baumgartner, Simon Fraissler
3 D Animation
Michael Olea
Graphics
Christoph Mindek
Artwork
Simon Fraissler, Hans Peter Hochwarther
Production Manager
Sandra Heberling
Steadicam-Operator
Fabian Meller
Supported by
Fachhochschule Salzburg, Land Salzburg, Wien Kultur, Graz Kultur, Land Oberösterreich
Available Formats
Blu-ray (Distribution Copy)
Format of Picture
16:9
Format of Sound
stereo
Picture Frequency
25 fps
Format of Color
colour
Digital File (prores, h264) (Distribution Copy)
Format of Picture
16:9
Format of Sound
stereo
Picture Frequency
25 fps
Format of Color
colour
Festivals (Selection)
2012
Leeds - Int. FilmFestival
Berlin - sehsuechte Festival (Focus Sustainability Award)
2013
Los Angeles - Going Green Film Festival
Taipei - New Taipei City Film Festival