Just In: Ghanaian director’s Oscar film questions the public discourse on robot ethics

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I AM casts doubt on the public debate on robot ethics and poses problems to which no answers exist (yet). This black female-led drama was nominated for a Student Academy Award after its premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival. At the St. Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, I AM earned the HBOmax Best Short Film Award.

Noé, who is reclusive, comes across a lifeless android in the wilderness one day, brings it home, and reactivates it. It’s the start of an unusual relationship. Noé understands the robot is beginning to mimic her personality far too late.

Florens Huhn wrote I AM, Jerry Hoffmann directed it, Lena Katharina Krause photographed it, and Stella Flicker produced it.

This unique science fiction short about the special relationship between a woman and an android was created by a German collective of four filmmakers for the second time (after their first internationally acclaimed short “MALL”).

Florens Huhn writes in a contemporary style that frequently revolves on issues of power systems and identity. Lena Katharina Krause’s camera work is both emotive and daring.

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Stella Flicker is a German-based Austrian film producer. Her main goal is to portray a true, modern portrayal of our varied society while avoiding outmoded preconceptions and clichés.

She’s dedicated her artistic efforts to exposing political and social inequities and bringing them to a broader audience. She has worked on a number of well-known film productions while studying film production in Hamburg, Germany.

Stella is now working on a weekly German television series for ZDF, the German public broadcaster. Stella’s thesis film is titled I AM.

Jerry Hoffmann is a director and actor with roots in Germany and Ghana. He was discovered at an early age and made his acting debut in the critically acclaimed film SHAHADA, which premiered at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival in competition.

He opted to focus more on the production side of cinema and studied Directing at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and the Hamburg Media School after appearing in various works for Film and Theatre (HITMAN AGENT 47′, HEIL).

His diverse short films have received a lot of positive feedback. Both MALL and 90 percent had their global premieres at the renowned Max Ophüls Festival and are currently touring the globe. Jerry is repped by CAA and will soon be featured in the Netflix original series A Submarine Story.

Jerry aspires to create a more inclusive and diverse film landscape by telling untold stories. His thesis film is titled I AM.

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