Winner of the Award for Best Editing of a Feature Documentary at 2014 Woodstock Film Festival
Killswitch (directed by Ali Akbarzadeh) is a gripping documentary about the battle for control over the Internet. Free speech, innovation and democracy are all up for grabs as the Internet comes under attack for its disruptive and dynamic nature. The filmmakers frame the story of two young “hactivists,” Aaron Swartz and Edward Snowden, whose lives parallel one another as they free information to millions, putting both of them directly into the cross-hairs of the world’s most powerful interests. This film probes the efforts of big business to control the Internet, the efforts of government to regulate it, and the efforts of hackers to free up information worldwide as well as the consequences of doing this. Will the experiences of Swartz and Snowden be a cautionary tale of what happens when you dare to take on elite power structures? Or could their efforts become the spark igniting a revolution that redefines democracy in the digital age?
Released in 2014
Running time: 72 minutes
3:30 pm on Fri., Nov. 6th at The Earthbox
12:30 pm on Sat., Nov. 7th at Friday Harbor House