The Best of the Rest


Tonje Hessen Schei
Screening time  
06.10. / Tuesday, 22:00 - 00:00 Ticket

iHuman is a political thriller about artificial intelligence, power and social control. With a unique deep access to the inner workings of the booming AI industry, the film shows how the most powerful and far-reaching technology of our time is changing our lives, our society and our future. We follow the pioneers at the frontline of the invisible AI revolution to see how this technology is developed and implemented. With the help of the brightest minds in the AI industry, iHuman draws the roadmap of where we are going. Who punches in which codes for our future? How does AI affect who we are? The film outlines a growing conflict in the tech world. On the one hand, corporations like Google claim we need AI to solve climate change, cancer or hunger, but on the other hand, people like Bill Gates and Elon Musk fear that AI is the biggest threat to humanity. iHuman investigates the consequences of the concentration of power in the multi-billion-dollar AI industry that is as of yet barely regulated. Some compare artificial intelligence to the nuclear bomb, since we do not fully comprehend the power or the consequences of this new technology. What is coming our way?


Tonje Hessen Schei

Tonje Hessen Schei, born in 1971, is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has been making independent documentary films since 1996. Her films mainly focus on human rights, the environment and the changing relationship between man and machine. Her film Drone (2014) won numerous awards, among them the National Film Award Amanda, and Gullruten, the Norwegian Emmy, for Best Documentary 2015. Tonje also directed and produced award-winning films Play Again (2010) and Independent Intervention (2006). She started Ground Productions in 2005, an international documentary production company based in Portland, USA and Oslo, Norway. She is the co-founder and director at UpNorth Film in Oslo.

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Denmark, Norway
2019, 99'

Directed by:
Tonje Hessen Schei

Screenplay by:
Tonje Hessen Schei

Henrik Bohn Ipsen

Edited by:
Torkel Gjørv

Olav Øyehaug

Jonathan Borge Lie, Helle Faber

Produced by:
UpNorth Film AS, Made in Copenhagen

Festivals & Awards:

IDFA 2019; Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2019; Tromsø International Film Festival 2020; Göteborg International Film Festival 2020; DocPoint 2020; Human International Documentary Festival 2020; Tempo Documentary Festival 2020; Docville 2020


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