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The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Dirigida por Brian Knappenberger
Estados Unidos, 2014
Documental, Biografía, Policíaco


Programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz achieved groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing. His passion for open access ensnared him in a legal nightmare that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26.

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The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz Dirigida por Brian Knappenberger


Writers Guild of America

2015 | Ganador: Best Documentary Screenplay (Screen)

Sheffield International Documentary Festival

2014 | Ganador: Sheffield Youth Jury Award

Knappenberger attempts to balance a portrait of a young man who was prodigious, stubborn, and deeply principled with an examination of the far-reaching issues his work raised. But the hasty turnaround (Swartz died in January 2013) and certain mildly unethical interactions (badgering Swartz’s ex-girlfriend over things she said to prosecutors that strengthened their case against him; lingering on his sobbing mother as she says she couldn’t go on being filmed) do the film a disservice.
May 07, 2014
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It may be that Swartz, the programmer and activist who helped develop RSS at the age of 14, led the fight against SOPA in 2011, and in between, helped found Reddit and launched dozens of campaigns for freedom of information and progressive causes, is too endlessly fascinating as a subject for 104 minutes to do his story justice. Perhaps director Brian Knappenberger moved a bit too quickly to get this story out.
March 15, 2014
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The Internet’s Own Boy" was the last movie I saw at Sundance this year and might have the biggest social impact of anything in the festival. It isn’t great cinema, but it’s capable and gripping advocacy filmmaking that took less than a year, start to finish, and will introduce a much wider audience to the issues behind the life and death of Aaron Swartz.
January 28, 2014
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