The Cleaners

Guests Expected

Directors Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck expected to attend April 8 and April 11 screenings. April 11 is a special collaboration with additional guests.


Social media sites — particularly Facebook and YouTube — have been under intense pressure to monitor and delete offensive, pornographic, and incendiary posts. Compassionately portraying the Filipino workers who comb through thousands of online images in the dark of night, The Cleaners exposes the dark side of information technology.

“The influence of social media is more pervasive and pernicious than anything George Orwell could have imagined. The Cleaners offers an intelligent, thought-provoking insight into the global impact of the major social media companies through the testimony of five content moderators responsible for monitoring what is considered legal, decent, and acceptable. It is the starting point for a wide-ranging examination of complex issues surrounding freedom of speech, censorship, and corporate responsibility” – Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Directors Moritz Riesewieck and Hans Block

Moritz Riesewieck and Hans Block became a team in 2007, working under the name Laokoon (named for the priest in Greek mythology who exposed the lie of the Trojan horse) on theater and media projects. The Cleaners is their feature documentary debut that has its roots in a one-man play and radio play by Riesewieck.

Film Details
  • Country(ies): Germany/Brazil
  • Language(s): English, Tagalog
  • Year: 2018
  • Running time: 88
  • Director(s): Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck
  • Producer(s): Christian Beetz, Georg Tschurtschenthaler
  • Cinematographer(s): Axel Schneppat, Max Preiss
  • Editor(s): Philipp Gromov, Hansjörg Weißbrich, Markus CM Schmidt
  • Music: John Gürtler, Jan Miserre, Lars Voges

Print Source:

Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion