DFT @ Home | A Glitch in the Matrix
(USA/2020—directed by Rodney Ascher)
What if we are living in a simulation, and the world as we know it is not real? To tackle this mind-bending and, to some, strangely comforting concept for this moment, acclaimed documentarian Rodney Ascher uses a noted speech from sci-fi icon Philip K. Dick (whose novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was the basis for Blade Runner) to dive down the rabbit hole of science, philosophy and conspiracy theory. Leaving no stone unturned in exploring the unprovable, the film uses contemporary cultural touchstones like The Matrix, interviews with real people shrouded in digital avatars, and a wide array of voices, expert and amateur alike.
If simulation theory is not science fiction, but fact, and life is a video game being played by some unknowable entity, then who are we, really? With this film, the director of the cult doc Room 237, about the obsessive fanatics who see hidden messages in every frame of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, attempts to find out. Official Selection, 2020 Tribeca Film Festival, 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Closed captioning available; director Q & A included. (108 minutes)
“It’s not about whether we're living in a simulation but about the many understandable reasons someone may think this. In effect, it winds up being about the mysteries of the human experience.” -Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine
“A messy, mind-blowing collision of philosophy, technology, religion and fruit-loop paranoia which, while it doesn't exactly make a watertight case, does provide a fascinating insight into the thought processes of those who believe it.” -Wendy Ide, The Observer (UK)
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