In Barbora Chalupová and Vit Klusák’s dynamic and gut-wrenching social experiment, three adult actresses pose as twelve-year-olds on social media and popular chat websites to shed light on the shocking prevalence of online child sexual abuse. Within minutes of setup, the actresses’ social media profiles - carefully constructed to resemble those of preteens - are flooded with messages from would-be predators.
Bolstered by thoughtful research and meticulously staged backdrops, actresses Tereza Těžká, Anežka Pithartová, and Sabina Dlouhá bring exceptional bravery and verisimilitude to their performances. Joined on the soundstage by psychological and legal experts, the film crew unpacks the manipulative tactics that these child predators employ, and illustrates how quickly such highly charged interactions often escalate to threats and blackmail. This ten-day experiment culminates in a succession of in-person, hidden camera meetings, and one pulse-quickening confrontation with a predator whom a member of the crew had recognized. These jaw-dropping recordings open up a timely and vital space for discussions of child and teen safety in the digital age.
Barbora Chalupová, Vít Klusák
Tereza Těžká, Anežka Pithartová, Sabina Dlouhá
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Director – Barbora Chalupová
Barbora Chalupová is part of the new generation of Czech filmmakers and another FAMU graduate. Her films include Arms Ready (2016), Equality Theory (2017), On the Edge (2018) and Real (E)State (2019), about the housing crisis for young people. Her next film, A New Oath, will look at same-sex marriage, and she is currently researching a film about the spread of misinformation.
Photo: ©Hypermarket Film, Milan Jaroš
Director – Vít Klusák
A graduate of the famous FAMU school’s Documentary department, Vít Klusák co-directed Czech Dream (VIFF 04) with Filip Remunda, and co-founded Hypermarket Film to produce creative documentaries. Subsequent films include Czech Peace (2010), the award-winning All for the Good in the World and Nošovice (2010), Matrix AB (2015) and The White World According to Daliborek (2017). He has four children and lives in Prague.
Photo: ©Hypermarket Film, Peter Reichel