Front Facing Camera
What reproaches have not been hurled at Generation Z? Hypersensitive, narcissistic, inattentive, disconnected from the real world… there is no doubt that zoomers have a broad back. But this reactionary stance — which new generation has not been criticised by their elders? — mistakes the tree for the forest, for these young ‘digital natives’ were born into a world where social relations are in the process of transformation. It is in this world that these teenagers have to shape their identity; a hazardous process that increasingly involves staging themselves on the web and social networks. Each of the films in this series, in its own way, bears witness to the realities of young people here and elsewhere, as well as to the possibilities and problems raised by the widespread adoption of new digital self-representation practices. The result is new aesthetics (Jouvencelles), new languages (Selfie), new social codes (How to Save a Dead Friend) and new mythologies (We’re All Going to the World’s Fair).
Filmed over the course of 12 years, How to Save a Dead Friend is a personal cry from the heart, and a message from a silenced generation. It is an unbreakable love story existing in a destructible world.
Sweden, Norway, France
Through images gleaned from the web and live videos of teenage girls around the world, Jouvencelles delicately observes a hyper-connected but isolated generation, inhabited by a powerful lucidity, and a need for self-affirmation in the face of alienation.
language: French, English
How do you make a film about life in a poor neighborhood of Naples as an outsider? Director Agostino Ferrente came up with an idea as simple as it is brilliant: he gave teenagers in the district of Traiano a phone to film their lives in whatever way they liked.
language: Neapolitan, Italian
Late on a cold night, teenage Casey decides to take the World’s Fair Challenge, an online role-playing horror game. Slowly, she begins to lose herself, caught between dream and reality.