Jerry Hoffmann and Stella Flicker’s Student Academy Award Nominated Film I AM questions public discourse on robot ethics

Robots are always one of the hot topics in this century. Technology is improving rapidly and people cannot help but wonder what the future holds. It is expected that robots will become a part of our everyday life, which raises some concerns. Writer Florens Huhn, director Jerry Hoffmann, producer Stella Flicker and photographer Lena Katharina Krause have come together for a second time (after their first internationally acclaimed short “MALL”) to film I AM that questions the public discourse on robot ethics and raises questions for which there are no answers (yet).

I AM that questions the public discourse on robot ethics and raises questions for which there are no answers (yet).

The withdrawn Noé finds a motionless android in a forest and brings it to her house to reactivate it. This begins a strange relationship between a woman and an android. They start to spend everyday together and the more they spend time together the more the robot observes Noé. Far too late, Noé realizes that the android is about to copy her personality.

The film stars Sheri Hagen (Noé) and Melodie Wakivuamina (Ela – the android). Melodie has done an incredible job acting as a motionless, puppet like robot. Her voice when communicating and how she develops the character over time for it to become more life-like is truly fascinating. It is no wonder why she has beennominated for Bronzelens Best Actress Award (Award Ceremony: August 22nd) and First Steps Award. Another thing that should be pointed out about this film is that it is a black female led drama. The robot industry is dominated by white men and the first humanoid robots were white female. Conversely, in this film a black woman reactivates a black android which is a great way to address this issue. 

The robot industry is dominated by white men and the first humanoid robots were white female. Conversely, in this film a black woman reactivates a black android which is a great way to address this issue. 

This award winning film was written by Florens Huhn, directed by Jerry Hoffmann, photographed by Lena Katharina Krause and produced by Stella Flicker. The German collective of four filmmakers have come together for a second time (after their first internationally acclaimed short “MALL”) to create this unique science fiction short about the special relationship between a woman and an android. Florens Huhn has a modern style of writing, that often circles around topics of power structures and identity. Lena Katharina Krause’s exceptional camera work is evocative and bold.

I AM premiered at Cinequest Film Festival and has just become one of the 7 finalists nominated for the Student Academy Awards and has just won the HBOmax Best Short Film Award at the St. Martha‘s Vineyard African American Film Festival. The film will soon screen at Karlovly Vary festival in 21-28 August. It may also be seen at Holly Shorts from (23. Sep – 1. Oct). We strongly recommend watching this film and hope you will enjoy it as much as we did.

This film has also qualified to be considered for an Academy Award and we personally hope it goes all the way!

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