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Local star Chris Kennedy’s latest offering is called Watching the Detectives, a half-hour meta-doc about the online sleuthing surrounding the bombing of the Boston Marathon in 2013. Imagine Patriot’s Day without Mark Wahlberg leading the charge. Instead, a steadfast group of amateur photo fabulists sift evidence, converting pictures into language. It is paired with Rebecca Baron’s triple-award-winning How Little We Know of Our Neighbours, an incisive look at the UK’s mass surveillance movement that began in the 1930s as an “anthropology of ourselves.”
These amateur snoopers, armed with newly lightweight photo cameras, are the roots of the modern digital panopticon, where every citizen is compelled to hold watch via social media, to police each other with our looking. Baron’s handsomely startling essay offers an imaginative look back.
Still from Watching the Detectives Frame (2017)