added: Tue, Oct 9th '12
In the new documentary "We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists," filmmaker Brian Knappenberger explores the fascinating world of underground computer activists, zeroing on the infamous hacker collective known as "Anonymous." Wearing Guy Fawkes masks, these hi-tech protesters have adopted a militant philosophy when it comes to protecting the internet from government censorship and intrusion. But are they modern-day Robin Hoods, or simply cyber-based guerrillas? Ah, it looks like that'll be up to the viewer to decide. But you won't have to wait too long, the movie will be available on iTunes starting on October 30th. It will also open in NY, and LA on October 19th. In the meantime, check out the freshly released official trailer.
WE ARE LEGION: The Story of the Hacktivists, takes us inside the complex culture and history of Anonymous. The film explores early hacktivist groups like Cult of the Dead Cow and Electronic Disturbance Theater, and then moves to Anonymous' own raucous and unruly beginnings on the website 4Chan. Through interviews with current members -- some recently returned from prison, others still awaiting trial -- as well as writers, academics and major players in various "raids," WE ARE LEGION traces the collective's breathtaking evolution from merry pranksters to a full-blown, global movement, one armed with new weapons of civil disobedience for an online world.
directed by Brian Knappenberger
release date October 19, 2012 (NY, LA), October 30, 2012 (iTunes)