‘Little Brother’ (2012) – Using Technology To Keep An Eye On Freedom

In the past few decades, society has seen an explosive growth in the use of technology in people’s daily lives. Computers can be found in our automobiles, home appliances and even watches. DNA samples are used to track and catch criminals. But, what if computers and human beings were combined in order to fight for a common cause? What would be the result? The 2012 Canadian short film ‘Little Brother’ by Cyrus Saidi and Gautam Pinto gives us an insight into what could happen.

In this story, Natalie Brown stars as Jane Vidal; an activist, best-selling author and Peace Prize nominee whose mission is to fight against the ‘big brother’ control of citizens by governments. Jane is convinced that this control is happening in Western nations, as well as in her original country of origin. She feels that using information technology, rather than conventional weapons, is the key to expose and bring down these regimes. In order to accomplish her mission, Jane wants to return to her homeland and challenge the country’s current dictator leader (played by Navid Negahban) to a debate. She reveals her mission and philosophy in a television interview with Mr. Cooper (played by Stephen McHattie). Instead of a public debate, however, Jane is tortured and meets the country’s leader in a jail cell. After taunting the dictator with warnings and defiance, she is killed. Much to the dismay of the dictator, he realizes that he has been exposed – their entire confrontation was broadcast (or recorded) via an eyeball camera that was surgically implanted in her in advance.

Watch the trailer to ‘Little Brother’ by clicking on this link: http://www.imdb.com/video/withoutabox/vi2604509465?ref_=tt_pv_vi_aiv_1

‘Little Brother’ certainly delivers when dealing with controversial subject matter. From dictatorships to biotechnology to steadfast convictions, the film handled each subject with tact and intensity. We even got to see Jane’s motivation for her war on ‘big brother’ in the form of flashbacks to her ‘little’ brother’s murder. This helped in understanding why she was willing to go so far to fight for her principles. The implanted eyeball camera was clever and gave the film a futuristic tone. I also liked the use of the line “This we will all see” near the end. It was first a taunt against the dictator and then a revelation to him; realizing he had been exposed by her camera. It is definitely a short to be watched more than once.

Overall, it was an impressive short film that reminds us how much of an impact high-tech is having on everyday life – even in the pursuit of freedom.


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