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I hope that “Connected,” will help create a global conversation about what it means to be connected in the 21st century.  I believe that by engaging people to talk about connectedness in their own lives and in the world, the ripple effect of these conversations will have far reaching impact.  Appreciating that this is a huge subject, I employ many tactics (humor, animation, archival and my own personal story) to attempt to untangle what interdependence and connectedness mean in terms of the history of the human species and moving forward. Through this journey, I wield a large magnifying glass to look at some of the absurd and beautiful behaviors of our species and our world. While the core components of humans desire to be “connected,” have not changed since we first appeared on this planet, a new zeitgeist is emerging through this central nervous system of connection that we have created around the world with all these new technologies. I hope with this film and the conversation it triggers will help us explore the good, the bad and hope of this new “connectedness” in the 21st century. connectedthefilm.com

- Tiffany Shlain

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