There are a lot of misconceptions about Anonymous. Members of the group feel that the media unfairly portrays them in a negative light. To combat the negative image, a team of filmmakers have spent the last year filming a documentary that looks at both sides of the Anonymous movement.
It was announced last week that the film “We Are Legion – The Story of the Hacktivists” would be first screened at select theaters on October 19. The film would then be available for online on October 30. An Anonymous group has released the film on YouTube, but the filmmakers say the leaked version is a rough cut. They will be releasing the final version, with new content, this month.
If you want to watch the leaked version anyway, here’s what you’re getting into:
We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, takes us inside the complex culture and history of Anonymous. The film explores early hacktivist groups like Cult of the Dead Cow and Electronic Disturbance Theater, and then moves to Anonymous’ own raucous and unruly beginnings on the website 4Chan.
Through interviews with current members – some recently returned from prison, others still awaiting trial – as well as writers, academics and major players in various “raids,” We Are Legion traces the collective’s breathtaking evolution from merry pranksters to a full-blown, global movement, one armed with new weapons of civil disobedience for an online world.
The film is made by a team of expert filmmakers who have chronicled other powerful players and groups in the tech world. Their expertise in the subject matter shows as the film has been named an official selection at 14 film festivals around the world.
The filmmakers have not announced pricing yet, but they mention comedian Louis C.K. as an inspiration for their pricing plans. You can expect the film to be released directly to prospective buyers on October 30 for a small price. Even if you check out the leaked version, supporting the official release would not be bad idea.