We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (2012)




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We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists is a documentary that takes us inside the world of Anonymous, the radical "hacktivist" collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age. The film explores the historical roots of early hacktivist groups like Cult of the Dead Cow and Electronic Disturbance Theater and then follows Anonymous from 4chan to a full-blown movement with a global reach, one of the most transformative of our time. -- (C) Official Site
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Critic Reviews for We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

The film is most illuminating in showing how democratic practice can still find a new voice and innovative means with each generation.

Full Review… | October 18, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Former Frontline producer Brian Knappenberger's fascinating, incisive social history of the online network known as Anonymous ...

Full Review… | October 16, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

Strong, entertaining portrait of a hard-to-pin-down online phenomenon.

Full Review… | October 16, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A cumulative feeling of urgency and you-are-there world-beating are key to the pic's seductive appeal, though lack of informed dissenting opinions reps an unfortunate editorial choice.

Full Review… | October 16, 2012
Top Critic

A wildly engaging documentary that not only details the exploits of Anonymous, but also delves substantively inside the roots and culture of the group.

Full Review… | February 10, 2013
Shared Darkness

There's no genuine discussion by anyone of tactics, ideology and ethics. Even arrogantly reframes the overthrow of Mubarak as an Anonymous-fuelled uprising. Aren't-we-f***in'-awesome! hubris bubbles out of the legion of remarkably inarticulate interviews.

Full Review… | November 22, 2012
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Audience Reviews for We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists

Brilliant documentary on Anonymous, the Hacktivist group responsible for Civil Disobedience. This is a captivating film, a film that tells us a thoroughly entertaining story that we can get a clear understanding of the group's intentions and why they do this. Featuring interviews from its members, the documentary is a must watch and in terms of the documentary genre of film, this is one of the most stunning works as its subject is thoroughly captivating. I greatly enjoyed the film, and it's a riveting look at the group. I won't put my personal feelings on the group in the review, but I will say this, you can watch the film, and you definitely get a clear understanding of what they do, and decide for yourself if what they're doing is right or wrong. Even if you're for or against what they stand for, you have to agree that they have made an impact on the modern digital age. The film is well worth seeing, and as a documentary, it delivers a stunning portrait of it captivating subject matter. This in many ways is an important film because it tells us the story of one of today's most notorious groups, a film that delivers a thoroughly engaging look at a group that has a take no prisoners attitude towards free speech and other endeavors. Brilliant in showing that, it also shows different perspective on the group from within and outside as well. The film tells about the history of hackers, and it's a riveting, engaging and memorable film that is well worth your time if you're interested in the subject.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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Interesting documentary on the ups and downs of the Anonymous movement. It is all about how this movement can at once be united in purpose, and then have factions who run in opposition to one another. The filmmaking is good throughout, and shows an objective view of the subject.

John Miller
John Miller

I already knew the majority of information this documentary provided, but it was still pretty neat to see a retrospective of all Anon & its offshoots have accomplished. I'd recommend it to anyone who isn't aware of Anonymous & their work.

Will Crusta
Will Crusta

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