Web is an upcoming full-length documentary directed by Michael Kleiman, a young and talented filmmaker from New York who embarked on a personal journey to capture the moment when a group of children in a remote corner of Peru’s Amazon jungle interact with the Internet for the first time.
Consulting some of the leading minds in the Internet world, Kleiman explores profound questions about technology, interdependence, and the deep human connections that bind us all.
The film follows the work of One Laptop per Child (OLPC) — an organization that produces network-based laptops for distribution to children in the poorest areas of the world. One of those locations was Palestina, Peru.
“It’s a little ironic that they have the information superhighway before they have a highway,” Kleiman says in this podcast interview with Peruvian Times: [audio:http://www.peruviantimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/rec_mkleiman09_13_Oct_2010_21_11_16.mp3|titles=rec_mkleiman09_13_Oct_2010_21_11_16]
“We know what we have gained with email and telephones and whatever else is characteristic of modernization But what have we lost? The story of humanity is the story of cultural traditions disappearing, by people abandoning those traditions.” — Robert Wright, Author NonZero
“The world is changing. The number of languages are reducing and there will be a time where we will be one race speaking one language. Maybe that will take a thousand years. Maybe it will take 500 years. I don’t know what it’s going to take, but that’s where we are headed.” — Nicholas Negroponte, Founder, One Laptop One Child
“Just as you can use nuclear power to light up a city, you can use nuclear power to destroy a city. And I think that’s true with the information technology revolution as well.” — Richard Clarke, Author Cyber War
“In the next five, 10, 15, 20 years, the rest of the world is going to come online. The next billion people, the next two billion people are going to come online. For the first time, we’re going to be hearing from people we’ve not heard from before.” Jimmy Wales, Co-founder of Wikipedia
“Almost everyone comes to the conclusion that whatever their time is is a critical time in human history. But I think it’s fair to say that we’re at a tipping point in terms of people’s access to computer-based information.” — Vint Cerf “Father of the Internet;” Vice President Google
“What does civilization mean? People talk about ‘civilization’ and I don’t understand. What does it mean?” — Lidia , a 12-year-old girl from Palestina, a village of 98 residents in an isolated corner of Peru’s Amazon jungle