International Film Festival Manhattan Virtual Events 2020

Shorts Program 7 Documentary

Expired November 23, 2020 4:59 AM
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One day in May 2017, computers all around the world suddenly shut down. A malware called WannaCry asks for a ransom. The epidemic suddenly stops, because a young, British researcher finds a killswitch, by accident. This random act of heroism makes security researcher Marcus Hutchins famous overnight. Being celebrated by media around the world, he spends a week in Las Vegas. When he wants to leave, the FBI arrests him. They suspect him of creating malware...

Message from Hugo Berkeley, Director:

I’m drawn to intriguing characters and compromising situations, to stories that don’t reinforce our assumptions but that challenge us to see the world anew.

All of my films have followed strong characters navigating challenging personal journeys. In “The Jazz Ambassadors” (2018), America’s greatest Jazz musicians struggle with representing their country while it still practices racial segregation. Italian prosecutor Letizia Ruggeri confronts the limits of her role as both criminal investigator and mother in her hunt to identify the killer of a 13-year old girl in “Unknown Male Number 1” (2017). Ethiopian economist Eleni Ghabi-Madhin must accommodate the pressures of authoritarian leaders in her effort to end famine in "The Market Maker” (2009). And in “Land Rush” (2012), an American agro-developer cannot avoid the contradictions inherent in his desire to “do well by doing good” when struggling to build a massive sugar-cane business in Mali, West Africa.

My intention as a filmmaker is never to judge the people I film. I want to see the world through their eyes and, by building enough viewpoints into a film, let audiences decide whose vision to embrace.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    25 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Switzerland
  • Director
    Hugo Berkeley
  • Screenwriter
    Leila Abboud
  • Producer
    Max Peltz
  • Executive Producer
    Hugo Berkeley and Rainer Bock
  • Cinematographer
    Jacob Sacks Jones
  • Editor
    Yann Heckmann