The Face of Anonymous

Includes Q&A

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Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Closed Captions
Program Category:Systems Down
Film Subjects:Activism
Science & Technology
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Gary Lang
Producer(s):Ed Barreveld
Ian Thornton
Writer(s):Gary Lang
Editor(s):Rob Ruzic
Cinematography:Patrick McGowan
Manuel Galves
Composer:Ken Myhr
Sound:Daniel Pellerin
Patrick McGowan
Peter Sawade
Oscar Caymares


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Systems Down: Challenging the status quo

Commander X (a.k.a. Christopher Doyon) spent time on the streets of Toronto and Mexico hiding from the FBI, but this infamous hacktivist feels most at home on the internet where he gained notoriety. Through his affiliation with Anonymous, the purposefully elusive online network responsible for corporate takedowns and political disruption, Commander X had a platform to espouse his beliefs and befriend powerful figures like Julian Assange. He takes credit for crippling credit card companies that were attempting to sideline Wikileaks and claims a role in the Arab Spring as well. It's completely reasonable to be skeptical as to why an outspoken Doyon wants to spill the beans about his exploits and expose a group that safeguards its secret identity. But in an era when online conspiracies proliferate widely despite being under immense scrutiny, there may not be a better time to hear from someone who's been at the vanguard of this information age. Alexander Rogalski

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 This event has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.


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