We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (SIFF 2012)

I was completely engaged in this documentary about the Anonymous movement, of which I had no prior knowledge. Briefly, Anonymous is a radical online community whose members use their hacking/computer skills to protect internet freedom and  personal privacy. Though the movement doesn’t recognize any one leader or set of rules, many individuals have spurred separate activities to condemn racism and anti-piracy laws, facilitate free-flowing information in support of the Arab Spring, and to stage acts of civil disobedience in an attempt to change the status quo. It is obvious from the film that there are opponents to the Anonymous movement, but I feel that is in error. As Anonymous is not a cohesive group with a specific mandate, it would be more appropriate to endorse or decry individual actions as opposed to just discredit the entire movement. I found this documentary educational and eye-opening, especially considering this “hactivism” continues to occur around us everyday.

Provided Film Synopsis
This engrossing look at the radical hacktivists known as Anonymous traces the collective's evolution from merry pranksters to a full-blown movement whose global reach has had history-making effects.

Movie Details

  • Directed By:

    • Brian Knappenberger
  • Cast Members:

  • Countries:

    • USA
  • Languages:

    • English
  • Genres:

    • Documentary
    • Political
    • Social Issues