July 8th, 2012
The documentary “The Secrets of Silicon Valley” unveils truths about the negative effects of the Internet revolution. Directors Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman set out to make a film that exposes the inner workings of the current tech climate, while trying to analyze Americans’ current fascination with gadgets and technology.
This probing look inside the booming world of high tech was conceived as a story told through the eyes of two people: Magda Escobar, who runs a computer training facility that is losing money thanks to the high real estate costs in Silicon Valley, and Raj Jayadev, a worker at a computer assembly plant that has sought to challenge the poor working conditions.
The filmmakers follow the stories of these two through the course of a year, unveiling the downside of dealing with tech companies that goes beyond the positive image these companies want to portray. Some representatives from these companies do participate in the documentary.
By revealing insights on technology, greed, and globalization, “The Secrets of Silicon Valley” offers a unique take on the tech companies that Americans generally consider to be benign participants in capitalism. The film has already won awards and has been screened at a handful of prominent film festivals, where it met with much acclaim.
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