Down the Deep Dark Web

"Drugs, weapons, child pornography and protection from totalitarian repression as well. Down the Deep, Dark Web explores virtual anonymity."
taz.die Tageszeitung
"...opens up philosophical and political interpretations around the deep web."

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DOWN THE DEEP, DARK WEB reverses everything you thought you knew about the internet and the dangers of the digital world. Our guide is Yuval Orr, a young journalist born in 1984 and well-aware of the gradual encroachment of Big Brother, but like many of his generation, too busy updating his Facebook status to pay it much attention. Assigned with writing an article about the Darknet, he dives headfirst down the rabbit hole. On a journey that takes us through Tel Aviv, Prague and Berlin, Yuval meets tech experts, cybercrime watchmen, and a group of self-appointed underground freedom fighters.

This latter group – an assembly of hackers, crypto-anarchists and libertarians – stand on the frontier of an unseen battle for privacy, shielded by the anonymity of the Darknet. In contrast to the nefarious activities for which the Darknet is known, these activists are united across borders to defend the universal human rights which are quickly falling by the wayside in our privacy-free online age. Here, in the depths of the Darknet, we find the people lighting the way to the freedoms of tomorrow.

This is the story of a normative, everyday person coming face-to-face with the Darknet for the first time. The stages that he passes through − from fear and revulsion, to curiosity and attraction − are those that anyone exposed to this phenomenon would rightfully experience. What the Darknet represents is both terrifying and liberating at once. The notion that crime can go undetected and unpunished, shakes our very belief in the social order. Yet the same tools that are used by criminals, can also protect us in an era of online snooping and loss of privacy.

Documentary   |   Israel, France   |   2016   

56 min

Hebrew, English   

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Directors: Duki Dror & Tzachi Schiff   

Script: Galia Engelmayer Dror   

Cinematography: Philippe Bellaiche

& Gleb Volkov   

Editor: Dror Yaakobovich