For almost a year, director Michael Kleiman lived with families in remote regions of Peru while well-meaning entrepreneurs with the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) program attempted to bring the Internet to local schoolchildren for the first time. In addition to documenting how the children and their families use new technologies, the film shows the villagers’ decidedly less-technological daily lives and the deep bonds of friendship they form with Michael. Web considers both the potential of technological connection — new possibilities for dialogue, cultural exchange, and education — while also considering what might be lost — the rise of distraction, a loss of traditional culture, and a breakdown of our understanding of the word “connection” itself. The warm and humorous narrative in Peru is intercut with interviews with leading thinkers on the Internet, including OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte and Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales. [subtitles]
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