Motherhood, Technology, and Natalia Almada’s “Users”
Natalia Almada’s documentary essay film “Users” (2021) questions a mother’s deep ambivalence about technology. But the film’s aesthetics makes clear that she has already chosen technology.
Almada’s film shuttles between the intimacy of family life and the vast technological infrastructure that sustains modern society.
She bathes her child, lulls her baby to sleep in a vibrating smart crib, documents her son’s first steps. But the film also moves from the underwater network of fiberoptic cables to aerial views of water transported across an arid landscape.
Jennifer Jolly writes, while the film revels in the unresolved, its own technological agility suggests that technology is here to stay.
Read Jolly’s analysis on The Edge.