The Cleaners

Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck | Germany, Brazil | 2018 | 88'

Category - #ourlivesonline



Enter the industry of digital cleaning, where the Internet rids itself of what it doesn‘t like. Here we meet five “digital cleaners” among thousands of people whose job is to delete “inappropriate” content of the net. In a parallel struggle, we meet people around the globe whose lives are dramatically affected by online censorship. A typical “cleaner” must observe and rate thousands of often deeply disturbing images and videos every day. Yet underneath their work lie profound questions around what makes an image art or propaganda and what defines journalism.


Director:Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck

Producer:Georg Tschurtschenthaler

Production Company:Gebruederbeetz Filmproduktion

Editor:Philipp Gromov, Hansjörg Weißbrich, Markus CM Schmidt

Cinematographer:Axel Schneppat, Max Preiss

Sound:Karsten Höfer