THE POD GENERATION (Sundance FF2023) – Review by Nadine Whitney

Near future dystopia/science fiction narratives are not a new concept. Black Mirror created by Charlie Booker capitalised on our collective anxiety about technology and was often prescient about how contemporary society is shaping itself in the Western World. Sophie Barthes’ The Pod Generation is so adjacent to our future that she incorporates technology from now almost seamlessly. Current generation iPads abound as well as phones that are recognisably the ones most people use at the moment. The “nowness” of Barthes’ vision makes it all the more immediate.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Sophie Barthes wins Sundance’s Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize – Brandy McDonnell reports

Writer-director Sophie Barthes’ The Pod Generation has been named the winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. The Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize is an annual award given to an artist for the most outstanding depiction of science and technology in a feature film. “The Pod Generation” is an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.

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