Users Review: Brave New World

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2023-06-08 16:00:23  • 2 mins

In this documentary, the artist Natalia Almada explores both the terrors and wonders of technological progress.

Users, a new essayistic feature documentary from the artist Natalia Almada, deals in a kind of paradox. While the voice-over narration considers how technological progress has inured us from beauty and intimacy, the film demonstrates marvels of film technology underwater photography, helicopter shots, breathtakingly crisp close-ups, sinuous slow motion that affirm the opposite.

Could the Wright brothers have imagined that flying would be so commonplace that wed be disinterested in the miraculous birds-eye view of the earth below? Almada asks even as she shows us drone shots of oceans and highways that provoke undeniable awe.

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