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EXAM: Filmed in four years, the new documentary by Swiss filmmaker Susanne Regina Meures fascinates and disturbs at the same time.

Presented as part of this year’s Doc Edge Film Festival, Girl Gang charts the rise of future German influencer Leonie Balys as her popularity, earnings and workload explode.

Although she is the face of Leoobalys (as well as a range of products from McDonald’s to Chupa Chups, Buffalo Shoes, Levis and Amazon) on her Instagram, TikTok and YouTube accounts and platforms, she is very much a family business, parents Andy and Sani acting as agents, cheerleaders, and caretakers.

Girl Gang is screened as part of this year’s Doc Edge Film Festival.

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Framed like a fairy tale, complete with a magnificent “once upon a time” staged narration, it compels and shocks with its seemingly accessible narrative and on the wall of Leonie’s ups and downs and her relationship more increasingly obsessive with her “little black mirror” through which she communicates to her growing fan base obsessed with her every move and message.

We see her dad fire her agent, rather than follow the onboard advice she needs to be ‘more authentic’, watch a Viennese shopping mall tour be shut down by the police for security reasons caused by the masses gathered together and feeling outraged as an ill-conceived message about the “power of Chicken McNuggets” is first mercilessly mocked and parodied, then the subject of vile rants by rude young men.

As they coax her into fulfilling her obligations, while openly admitting to enjoying the lavish lifestyle her talents may have afforded them, it’s also hard not to be irritated by Sani’s behavior and, more specifically, to Andy.

“My life is so much more exciting,” he says proudly to the camera. “I don’t feel like I have to work every day. I’m living my daughter’s dreams. If things went wrong, we wouldn’t even notice – life is too good.

That last statement is the most telling, because it’s obvious to us that while he thinks he’s protecting his daughter from most potentially extremely harmful online criticism, Leonie encounters an awful lot.

Then there’s the sometimes extraordinary arrogance and naivety of the trio, culminating in their attempt to defy McDonald’s edict that they use a particular piece of music for a promo (despite incredibly not getting the rights of the one they consider the best). “Those are little fries,” Andy says, without an ounce of irony or humor, as he haughtily prepares to quit their lucrative deal.

If that wasn’t already making it addictive to watch, Meures has a few more tricks up its sleeve.

The dual camera crews do a fantastic job of capturing the reactions of Leonie and her parents at the same time, while there’s a separate focus on her avowed “biggest fan”. A year younger than her idol, Melanie runs a hugely successful fan page.

A far cry from Leonie’s shrewd and strategically lit posts, her on-screen musings and confessions are full of anguish, expressing her reasons for devotion (“Of all the girls on Insta, she was the prettiest, the funniest, the cooler. She just makes you happy, I can’t really say why.”) and the devastation of missing opportunities to meet her.

To Mélanie, “Leo has the perfect life, who wouldn’t want to be her?”.

As she takes a seemingly endless succession of stills of herself surrounded by her latest soft booty, it’s easy to see why, as the doco notes, 86% of teens say they want to become an influencer.

But then, juxtaposed with Andy’s gleeful revelation later that ‘parties, dancing and making new friends’ are the only sacrifices his daughter has made to further her ‘career’, Girl Gang firmly establishes her viewing status. essential for all tweens and teens and their Parents.

Girl Gang will screen at Auckland’s Civic (6.15pm) and Christchurch’s Silky Otter Wigram (6.45pm) tonight (Saturday), as well as Wellington’s The Embassy on Friday at 6.30pm, as part of the Doc Edge Film Festival. It is also available on demand at vc.docedge.nz from midnight.

]]> Fact check: Did Greta Thunberg demand that everyone drive electric cars? | World | Latest news and insights from around the world | DW http://cakemaker.org.uk/fact-check-did-greta-thunberg-demand-that-everyone-drive-electric-cars-world-latest-news-and-insights-from-around-the-world-dw/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 17:42:07 +0000 http://cakemaker.org.uk/fact-check-did-greta-thunberg-demand-that-everyone-drive-electric-cars-world-latest-news-and-insights-from-around-the-world-dw/

Misattributed and fabricated quotes can be found online too often. They are usually broadcast to ridicule or discredit political opponents. Recently, a photo montage circulated on social media showing Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg giving a speech with superimposed text saying, “I demand that everyone drives electric cars now!”

The lower half of the collage shows a child looking at the camera, arms and t-shirt covered in mud. In the background, people work in muddy water. Text overlaid on this part reads: “We’re mining the cobalt for your batteries as fast as we can, Greta.”

More than 70% of cobalt for batteries is mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Facebook post by Hans-Ulrich Rülke on June 20, 2022

This montage was published by German lawmaker Hans-Ulrich Rülke on his Facebook page on Monday. Rülke leads the liberal democratic FDP parliamentary group in Baden-Württemberg, in southwestern Germany.

To claim: Greta Thunberg gave a speech in which she said: “I demand that everyone drive electric cars now!

DW Fact Check: Fake.

The image in the top half of the montage shows Greta Thunberg speaking at the 2019 COP25 United Nations climate change conference in Madrid, Spain. During his speech, Thunberg implored the world to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but never said “I demand that everyone drive electric cars now,” let alone cars. electrical. His full speech is available on YouTube. The electric car quote was fabricated and falsely attributed to the climate activist.

A reverse image search using TinEye reveals that the montage was previously posted on the Reddit discussion forum on November 23, 2021. It was shared in the “r/cursedcomments” subforum, which invites users to post content that will leave readers “mystified” but also put a “smile on your face”. The post has since been deleted by moderators.

It is possible that the content featuring Thunberg’s fabricated quote was originally created and shared for entertainment purposes rather than misinformation. It appears the edit was later picked up and shared by others to discredit the climate activist.

A TinEye search reveals that the bottom half of the montage showing an African child with miners working in the background was first published on November 29, 2014 on the Indonesian news platform www.liputan6.com.

Although Rülke’s post caused considerable controversy, he did not remove it from his Facebook page. Speaking to the German daily Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung, Rülke defended the sharing of the montage on Thursday, saying: “I didn’t create the post, I just shared it. Posts like this are always exaggerations. The goal was to draw more attention to inhuman child labor in the Congo”. When asked why he shared a false and falsely attributed quote from Greta Thunberg, Rülke replied that the climate activist had “drove electric cars in the United States” which had attracted “a lot of media attention”.

This is not the first time that Thunberg has been the target of disinformation campaigns.

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PlayStation is the latest company to confirm it won’t be attending Gamescom http://cakemaker.org.uk/playstation-is-the-latest-company-to-confirm-it-wont-be-attending-gamescom/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 22:35:07 +0000 http://cakemaker.org.uk/playstation-is-the-latest-company-to-confirm-it-wont-be-attending-gamescom/

Sony Interactive Entertainment is the latest company to pull out of Gamescom 2022.

In a statement released to German publication Games Wirtschaft, a spokesperson for the PlayStation firm confirmed that it will not be attending this year’s event, which is due to take place in August and will be its first in-person show since. the pandemic.

Other companies, including Nintendo, Activision Blizzard and Take-Two Interactive, said they would not attend Gamescom’s return.

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Gamescom organizers say more than 250 companies will attend this year’s event, but as of this writing, only a few major publishers, including Bandai Namco, THQ Nordic and Koch Media, have publicly confirmed.

VGC understands that one problem is that many publishers have simply stopped planning pre-release game demos since the pandemic, such as those made available at events like Gamescom, and therefore would not have much something to show at a big public show.

Gamescom 2022 will take place from August 24-28 and will be a hybrid event held on-site in Cologne and simultaneously online.

The event will kick off with Gamescom Opening Night Live on August 23. It will then open to trade visitors, press and content creators on August 24, before four days of public access for ticket holders.

In addition to the convention’s main activity and entertainment areas, Gamescom 2022 also promises “additional sections, including for cosplay, retro and indie fans.”