Another Perfect World (2009)

Genres - Culture & Society, Science & Technology  |   Sub-Genres - Computers, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - Netherlands  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

In a world that seems to grow small and more worn every day, many have come to believe that that frontiers of the future are in cyberspace. Plenty of people have already discovered how easy it is to create an alternate identity on line, and with the advent of advanced on line multi-player games like World of Warcraft and environments such as Second Life, users have the freedom to become what they want to be and interact with others in new and unusual ways. However, the technology that makes such games possible isn't free, and corporate interference begun to make its presence known in the online world a long time ago; as the demand for bandwidth increases, the internet could become a resource dependent on the whims of those who control it, and as some begin to use online communities in unscrupulous ways, the need for enforcement of laws is seemingly inevitable. Filmmakers Jorien van Nes and Femke Wolting explore the possibilities of the cyber-world of the future and the way in which freedom in the virtual environment may be in danger in the documentary Another Perfect World, which was an official selection at the 2009 Hot Docs International Film Festival.

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cyber-space, Internet, speculation, Utopia, virtual-reality