Star Wars Kid: The Rise of the Digital Shadows

Star Wars Kid: The Rise of the Digital Shadows

| 1 h 20 min

Ghyslain Raza, better known as the “Star Wars Kid,” breaks his silence to reflect on our hunger for content and the right to be forgotten in the digital age.

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Star Wars Kid: The Rise of the Digital Shadows, Mathieu Fournier, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • based on the story of
    Ghyslain Raza
  • participation
    Ghyslain Raza
    Andy Baio
    Jean-Michel Berthiaume
    Christian Bouchard
    Amanda Brennan
    Nina Duque
    Kate Eichhorn
    Katharina Niemeyer
    Kathleen Rouillard
    Jonathan Trudel
    François Vigeant
    Alys Angers
    Charlyn Bergeron
    Meagan Boisclair
    Olivier Gélinas
    Elie Grégoire
    Édouard Labbé
    Florence Lamothe
    Jayden Roy
  • director
    Mathieu Fournier
  • writer
    Mathieu Fournier
    Jonathan Trudel
  • research
    Mathieu Fournier
    Jean-Michel Berthiaume
    Jonathan Trudel
  • assistant to the director
    Maude-Émilie St-Pierre
  • content consultant
    Ghyslain Raza
  • director of photography
    Maxime Pilon-Lalande
  • cameraman
    Alexandre Fréchette
    Marc Warden
  • camera assistant
    Charles Hardy
  • additional images
    La boîte ronde
  • location sound
    Sylvain Vary
    Stéfane Kirouac
  • editor
    Carmen Mélanie Pépin
  • technical support
    Pierre Dupont
    Marie-Josée Gourde
    Patrick Trahan
  • research - archives
    Karine Perron
  • projections consultant
    Amelia Scott
  • translation
    Trans & Sub Coop
  • subtitling
    Trans & Sub Coop
  • art director
    Marc-Antoine Jacques
    Mathieu Lalumière
  • animation designer
    Mathieu Lalumière
  • additional graphic design
    Mélanie Bouchard
  • online editing
    Yannick Carrier
  • colourization
    Yannick Carrier
  • sound design
    Sylvain Bellemare
    Luc Raymond
    Stan Sakell
  • re-recording
    Isabelle Lussier
  • production coordinator
    Alexandre Bouchard
    Dominique Fecteau
    Noémie Rioux
    Chinda Phommarinh
    Alexandra Bourque
  • post-production director
    Éline Sanschagrin
  • editing assistant
    Mélanie Bénard
    Anne-Sophie Borduas
    Alex Trépanier
  • technical manager
    Harold Lopez Garroz
  • technical assistant
    Francis Robert
  • finance director
    Caroline Côté
  • production accountant
    Samantha Servant
  • line producer
    Mélanie Lasnier
  • senior production coordinator
    Joëlle Lapointe
  • technical coordinator
    Daniel Claveau
    Mira Mailhot
  • studio coordinator
    Gabrielle Dupont
    Stéphanie Lazure
  • administrator
    Sia Koukoulas
  • legal advisor
    Peter Kallianiotis
  • marketing manager
    Karine Sévigny
  • marketing coordinator
    Eric Bondo
  • insurance broker
  • legal services
    Lussier & Khouzam
  • interim financing
    Banque Nationale du Canada
    Groupe cinéma et télévision
  • Cultural, Social and Documentary programming director
    Virginie Langlois
    Sophie Bélanger
  • producer
    Annie Bourdeau
    Pierre-Mathieu Fortin
  • executive producer
    Nathalie Cloutier
    Raphaëlle Huysmans
    Philippe Lamarre

  • Daniel K

    A fascinating documentary on one of those early examples of Web 2.0 going awry. The subject of the documentary, whose life was severely impacted by the sudden infamy caused by having a video uploaded without his consent, is someone mostly forgotten, but not completely: the internet doesn't forget. The documentary goes beyond just being a sort of "Where are they now?" episode on an early viral video sensation to examine our changing relationship with internet content creation, sharing, and consumption; it is hard to believe how much has changed in less than twenty years. It is also an emotional, compelling story. Bravo!

    Daniel K, 16 Apr 2022
  • None

    Not only is this a stunning documentary about issues so central to our lives these days, it is also a shining example of excellence in film (video?) making. The structure, cinematography, sound design and the technical skills are exemplary. I hope it does well on the awards circuits, but even more, I would like to see it grow in reach and audience. Once more the question, "What good is the NFB?" is answered by the quality of the work which says to others that try as they might they probably are never going to be as good as the best of the NFB.

    None, 4 Apr 2022
  • Gary Horsman

    Gave me a lot to think about this so-called brave new media we’re all living in. Très bien fait. Merci!

    Gary Horsman, 4 Apr 2022
  • None

    Fascinating. I remember this clearly and it's terrible what Ghyslain had to endure. Really, he just wanted to be an alien or something, and his dreams just got shat on like Ashley Blue in some underground skin flick.

    None, 4 Apr 2022
  • Leonardo Bensignor


    Leonardo Bensignor, 3 Apr 2022