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After Dark: Users

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After Dark: Users

Grapple with the complicated relationship between people and technology tonight at After Dark. In the feature-length documentary Users, filmmaker Natalia Almada explores major questions confronting humanity as we develop increasingly intimate relationships with technology. Then immerse yourself in the power and harmony of the natural world with the West Coast premiere of The Great Animal Orchestra

Users is presented as part of our celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Cinema Arts at the Exploratorium. 


40 years of cinema arts

7:30–8:50 p.m.
Kanbar Forum

Users begins with a mother’s question: will my children prefer technology over me? From smart cribs to the perfect artificial wave, Natalia Almada investigates the increasingly intimate relationship our society has with technology.

Exploring the consequence of our belief that technological progress will lead to the betterment of humanity, Almada probes the meaning of humanity in the digital age: do we really have agency to direct its progress? Is technology an expression or destroyer of our humanity?

A 2012 MacArthur “Genius” fellow, Almada’s films often combine artistic expression with social inquiry. Her previous directing credits include Al Otro Lado (Tribeca 2005), El General (2009 Sundance documentary Directing Award), El Velador (Cannes 2011), and a narrative feature Todo Lo Demás (New York Film Festival 2016). She lives in Mexico City and San Francisco. 


Food and drinks will be available for purchase at our Seaglass Restaurant and additional bar locations.