CNR 2013: Films & AV: Mechanical Love (DNK)

Documentary filmmaker Phie Ambo is one of the leading Danish film directors of her generation.
Famous for her feature length documentary films, true to the tradition of poetic, personal and cinematic documentary filmmaking, Ambo deals with sensitive topics such as family relations, love, creative processes, artificial life and robots.
Ambo is mainly interested in big questions such as 'what makes us human as opposed to robots?' ("Mechanical Love") and 'what is a thought, and how is it manifested in the body and brain?' ("Free the Mind", her next feature length film).

Phie Ambo has directed a number of award-winning films for the cinema, including major works such as "Family" (2001), "Gambler" (2005) and "Mechanical Love" (2007).

Mechanical Love
One of the world's leading scientists, Hiroshi Ishiguro, has for several years worked with robot development. He has successfully created the world's first android, a 99.9 % lifelike copy of itself. It is ready to take his place and fill his place as an expert, teacher, father and husband. In MECHANICAL LOVE follows the movie into the lab, when he first introduces his family for his android.

Elsewhere in Japan, researchers led by Professor Takanori Shibata has developed the baby seal Paro. The little furry robot which today is a widespread electronic pet and promises to be an important Japanese export has also crept into the social sector in particular Europe.

Here we have in a long time let the robots take over the heavy and laborious work in the industry. But where are our borders and how much should do we need to be able to understand robots so we also can be able to accept and love them? Is there anything that prevents us from letting robots take over the jobs in the care sector? If a robot can replace the great shortage of idle hands and give our old citizens a sense of security and love, why don't we let the robots replace us?

[image source: Phie Ambo]
[source: Vive Les Robots!]

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Cafe Neu Romance 2013:
Films & AV


Phie Ambo

Documentary filmmaker Phie Ambo is one of the leading Danish film directors of her generation.

Mechanical Love
The Danish documentary directed by Phie Ambo will be shown during the Cafe Neu Romance festival (27-30 November 2012) at Galerie NTK.

Galerie NTK
Technická 6
16080 Prague.