A still image from 'Web.' Playing at this weekend's Miami International Film Festival
In 2006, the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program, a project founded in Cambridge and co-supported by the Miami-based One Laptop per Child Association, implemented a long-in-the-works project to get laptop computers to children in developing countries. The possible culture shock of people in locations without running water but possible Internet connectivity was intriguing. However, after the initial push touting the start of the program, for the most part, it fell off the media's radar.
Filmmaker Michael Kleiman wanted to get on the ground to see the program in action in isolated Peruvian villages. The director has come back with a sprightly documentary pondering the current notion of globalization while putting a face on those affected by the OLPC program. An early montage scene scored with a bright, incessant piano melody, backed by electronic layers of pulses and beats focuses only on Kleiman's computer desktop. He hops around Google, Facebook and Amazon, revealing how he learned about OLPC and how he preps for his trip (including the purchase of mosquito repellent).More »