'UnFRIEND' movie highlights dangerous power of social media

 
 
 
Unfriend is an upcoming Philippine drama film directed by Joselito Altarejos which is scheduled to have its premiere along with another Filipino film, Quick Change, in the Panorama section of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival (BIFF).

The annual BIFF is currently being held from February 6 to 16, 2014.
 

Starring Angelo Ilagan, Boots Anson-Roa and Sandino Martin, the films is based on the 2011 shootings in a Filipino shopping mall of two young male lovers, amateur footage of which later surfaced online and went viral.
 
Director Joselito Altarejos takes viewers on a nightmarish journey with the film's hero David, who is jilted by his lover just before Christmas, and turns to the screens of his mobile phone, iPad and computer in a desperate attempt to prolong his connection to the 17-year-old Jonathan.

"A 13-year-old boy killed his boyfriend and killed himself inside a mall. The video was uploaded on Facebook. I promised myself I would do something about it. I would show people how social media has changed the way we live our lives, how we have become performers, and how social media has also made us voyeurs and exhibitionists."
 
Unfriend vividly portrays life in the Philippines, where poverty forces millions to work abroad, and cheap phones and free WiFi make social media all-pervasive.

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