Posted on Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
In just a couple days, /Film will be in the mountains of Park City, Utah prepared to cover the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. We’ve already rounded up a list of 30 films we can’t wait to see, but we’re likely to discover even more great indies once the buzz starts building after various premieres. In the meantime, we have another sneak peek at one of the anticipated documentaries screening at the festival.
Werner Herzog is back in the world of documentaries with a film called Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, and a new trailer has just arrived ahead of the film’s premiere this coming weekend. Watch the new Lo and Behold trailer after the jump!
Here’s the trailer for Werner Herzog’s new documentary from Deadline:
While the first trailer put its focus mostly on how the internet has both helped and hurt us as far as how efficient we are as a society, this one shines a light on artificial intelligence, our love of technology, and whether someday the technology we love we develop feelings of their own.
Even more provocative is the idea proposed by one of the talking heads, that artificial intelligence may have already been spawned but hasn’t revealed itself yet. The documentary seems to be giving real weight to the concepts that we’ve only seen in sci-fi movies, but may not be too far off from becoming reality. I really can’t wait to see how a unique mind like Herzog looks at technology on film.
Society depends on the Internet for nearly everything but rarely do we step back and recognize its endless intricacies and unsettling omnipotence. From the brilliant mind of Werner Herzog comes his newest vehicle for exploration, a playful yet chilling examination of our rapidly interconnecting online lives.
Herzog documents a treasure trove of interviews of strange and beguiling individuals—ranging from Internet pioneers to victims of wireless radiation, whose anecdotes and reflections weave together a complex portrait of our brave new world. Herzog describes the Internet as “one of the biggest revolutions we as humans are experiencing,” and yet he tempers this enthusiasm with horror stories from victims of online harassment and Internet addiction.
For all of its detailed analysis, this documentary also wrestles with profound and intangible questions regarding the Internet’s future. Will it dream, as humans do, of its own existence? Can it discover the fundamentals of morality, or perhaps one day understand the meaning of love? Or will it soon cause us—if it hasn’t already—more harm than good?
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