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The Social Dilemma (2020)

Coming Out at September 9, 2020 on Netflix

Documentary, Drama

The world has long recognized the positive applications of social media, from its role in empowering protesters to speak out against oppression during the Arab Spring uprisings almost a decade ago, to serving an instrumental role in fighting for equity and justice today. And in 2020, during an astonishing global pandemic, social media has become our lifeline to stay in touch with loved ones, as well as proving to be an asset for mobilizing civil rights protests. However, the system that connects us also invisibly controls us. The collective lack of understanding about how these platforms actually operate has led to hidden and often harmful consequences to society—consequences that are becoming more and more evident over time, and consequences that, the subjects in The Social Dilemma suggest, are an existential threat to humanity.

The Social Dilemma is a powerful exploration of the disproportionate impact that a relatively small number of engineers in Silicon Valley have over the way we think, act, and live our lives. The film deftly tackles an underlying cause of our viral conspiracy theories, teenage mental health issues, rampant misinformation and political polarization, and makes these issues visceral, understandable, and urgent. Through a unique combination of documentary investigation and entertaining narrative drama, award-winning filmmakers Jeff Orlowski and Larissa Rhodes have once again exposed the invisible in a manner that is both enlightening and harrowing as they disrupt the disrupters by unveiling the hidden machinations behind everyone’s favorite social media and search platforms.

Director: Jeff Orlowski

Writers: Davis Coombe, Vickie Curtis,

Stars: Skyler Gisondo, Kara Hayward, Tristan Harris, Jeff Seibert, Bailey Richardson, Joe Toscano, Sandy Parakilas


Tristan HarrisGoogle, Former Design Ethicist / Center for Humane Society, Co-Founder
Jeff Seibert Twitter, Former Executive / Serial Tech Entrepreneur
Bailey Richardson Instagram, Early Team
Joe ToscanoGoogle, Former Experience Design Consultant / Author – Automating Humanity
Sandy ParakilasFacebook, Former Operations Manager / Uber, Former Product Manager
Guillaume ChaslotYouTube, Former Engineer / IntuitiveAI, CEO / AlgoTransparency, Founder
Lynn FoxApple, Former Director of Corporate PR / Google, Former Corporate Communications
Aza RaskinFirefox & Mozilla Labs, Former Employee / Center for Humane Technology, Co-Founder / Inventor, Infinite Scroll
Alex RoetterTwitter, Former Senior VP of Engineering
Tim KendallFacebook, Former Executive / Pinterest, Former President / Moment, CEO
Justin RosensteinFacebook, Former Engineer / Google, Former Engineer / Asana, Co-Founder
Randy FernandoNVIDIA, Former Product Manager / Mindful Schools, Former Executive Director / Center for Humane Society, Co-Founder
Jaron LanierFounding Father of Virtual Reality / Computer Scientist
Roger McNameeFacebook, Early Investor / Venture Capitalist
Shoshana ZuboffHarvard Business School, Professor Emeritus / Author, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
Anna LembkeStanford University, School of Medicine, Medical Director of Addiction Medicine
James FetterAnna’s Son
Mary FetterAnna’s Daughter
Jonathan HaidtNYU Stern School of Business, Social Psychologist / Author, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
Cathy O’NeilData Scientist / Author, Weapons of Math Destruction (as Cathy O’Neil Ph.D.)
Rashida RichardsonNYU School of Law, Adjunct Professor / A.I. Now Institute, Director of Policy Research
Renee DiRestaStanford Internet Observatory, Research Manager / Data for Democracy, Former Head of Policy (as Renée DiResta)
Cynthia M. WongHuman Rights Watch, Former Senior Internet Researcher
Vic AlejandroPolice Officer
Oner AsirPolice Officer
Korey DavidVlogger 3 (as Korey David Rahrle)
Jeff DuMontProtester
Skye FolsomSkyler Gisondo Body Double
Adam S. FordAngry Protester
Kristina FountainePolice Officer
Catalina GarayoaRebecca
Barbara GehringMom
Skyler GisondoBen
Chris GrundyStep-Dad
Sophia HammonsIsla
Kara HaywardCassandra
Sheevani IgnasinskiTeacher
Vincent KartheiserAdvertising A.I. / Engagement A.I. / Growth A.I.
Carlos LeosAngry Protester
Marty LindseyTeacher
Richard LuccheseVincent Kartheiser Body Double
Jenice MarshallAngry Protester
Reza NosratiVincent Kartheiser Body Double
Ena O’RourkeBackground
Chase PennyPolice Officer
Jason PotterVlogger 1
Jade RyinAnonymous Coder
Hannah VailHigh School Student
Sergio VillarrealLuiz
A.J. VolitonAngry Protester
Gavin WhiteVlogger 2
Emi ZerrBen’s Ex-Girlfriend
Mary Beth EversoleAngry Protestor
Gary John MillerAngry Protester
R.J. WagnerAngry Protester

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