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Films to Wake Up Europe

Here are the first titles selected for the WAKE UP EUROPE Festival as well as films released by WAKE UP EUROPE previously.

The Cleaners

When you post something on the web, can you be sure it stays there? Enter a hidden shadow industry of digital cleaning, where the Internet rids itself of what it doesn‘t like. Who is controlling what we see… and what we think?

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The Silence of Others

The Silence of Others reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, who continue to seek justice to this day. Filmed over six years, the film follows victims and survivors as they organize the groundbreaking “Argentine Lawsuit” and fight a state-imposed amnesia of crimes against humanity, in a country still divided four decades into democracy.

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Up to the Last Drop

At a time when Europe is going through a crisis that is not solely economic but also a crisis of moral values, millions of European citizens demand a response to a crucial question: is water for the European Union a commercial product or a human right?

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Science fiction turns into disturbing fact as forecasting software, algorithms and databases quickly become the new fortune tellers for future crimes, driving us to ask: how much are we willing to abandon for the sake of security? The WAKE UP EUROPE Festival will use this film to discuss technology and manipulation.

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The Distant Barking of Dogs

A European childhood in the shadow of war. The life of a 10-year-old Ukrainian is turned upside down by the ongoing war in Eastern Ukraine. The WAKE UP EUROPE Festival will use this film to discuss war and peace in Europe.

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Europe at Sea

Europe at Sea examines whether Europe is capable and willing to combat the myriad security and humanitarian challenges within and beyond its borders: the largest migration crisis ever seen, a spike in terrorism in Europe, and the shifting sands of geopolitics.

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The Great European Disaster Movie

The Great European Disaster Movie depicts a Europe sleepwalking towards disaster. The film pairs an imagined dystopian future with insightful, cross-national analysis by experts and by ordinary citizens alike. It frames Europe through the eyes of those who are most important to its success: Europeans themselves.

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Girlfriend in a Coma

Co-written by Annalisa Piras and the former Editor of The Economist Bill Emmott, Girlfriend in a Coma (2012) explores Italy’s political, economic and social decline over the past 20 years, the product of a moral collapse unmatched anywhere else in the West. Initially banned in Italy in the run-up to elections, the film became a cult hit overnight.

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