Next Human Rights Film Series Screening Looks at the Internet, Digital Cleaning

Viewers at the next screening of the University’s Human Rights Film Series will learn about content moderators who are paid to sift through and remove material on the internet that they consider inappropriate.

Human Rights Film Series 2019

Filmed in the “sinister style of a neon, cyberpunk thriller,” The Cleaners is an award-winning documentary about the internet that tries to answer the question, “Who is controlling what we see and what we think?” Directed by Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck, this 2018 Sundance Film Festival nominee will be shown Monday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. in section A of the Power Center Ballroom.

Immediately following the screening, Duquesne Journalism Professor Maggie Patterson will discuss the film and the moral and ethical issues surrounding censorship.

The Human Rights Film Series, presented by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures, is free and open to the public. A list of upcoming screenings can be found at