by Tonje Hessen Schei
iHUMAN is a political thriller that explores the creeping expansion of artificial intelligence under an illusion of democracy and freedom of choice. The film follows pioneers on the front lines of the invisible AI revolution, exposing how this technology is being developed and implemented. In iHuman, some of the brightest minds in the AI industry decrypt a roadmap to our future. Who is really holding the code?
Director: Tonje Hessen Schei
Producer: Jonathan Borge Lie
Production Company: UpNorth Film
Co-production: Danielle Turkov Wilson - Think-Film Impact, Helle Farber - Made in Copenhagen, Christian Aune Falch, Ingrid Galadriel Falch, Torstein Parelius
Impact Producer: Danielle Turkov Wilson
Outreach Producer: Sabrina Buckwalter
Cinematographer: Henrik Bohn Ibsen
Editor: Torkel Gjørv, Aleksander Kvam
Sound Design: Solve Huse-Amundsen
Music: Olav Oyehaug
Involved Broadcasters: NRK, ARTE/ZDF
Supported by NFI Nye Veier, Doc Society Circle Foundation, Stifelsen Ship-Ring, Fritt Ord, Viken Film Centre, Filminvest, Arts Council Norway, Creative Europe Media
VFX Artist: Theodore Groneboom, Rebel Unit
DIRECTOR - TONJE HESSEN SCHEI
Tonje is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has worked with independent documentary production since 1996. Her films mainly focus on human rights, the environment and the changing relationship between man and machine.
Tonje is the director of iHuman, a political thriller about how artificial intelligence changes our lives, our world and our future. iHuman has its world premiere at IDFA 2019.
Tonje directed DRONE, a documentary on the secret CIA drone warfare. Since its release in 2014 DRONE has won Best Norwegian Documentary and Checkpoints, the human rights award, at Bergen International Film Festival and the Film Peace Prize at Tromsø International Film Festival. The film received the award as The Most Valuable Documentary of the Year at Cinema for Peace in Berlin. DRONE won the Amanda award, The Norwegian Oscar equivalent, and Gullruten, the Norwegian Emmy, for Best Documentary 2015.
Tonje has been featured in national and international media. Including national television broadcast with NRK, TV2, as well as national newspapers Aftenposten, VG and Dagbladet. Internationally media includes BBC, CNN, The Guardian, the Monocle, Vice, Wired Mag, Al Jazeera, Huffington Post, Democracy Now! and many more.
Tonje directed and produced PLAY AGAIN and INDEPENDENT INTERVENTION, which have won several international awards. The films have been screened on all continents in over 100 countries, and are used by schools and universities globally.
Tonje is the Co-Founder and director at UpNorth Film in Oslo, Norway.
IDFA 2019〡CPH:DOX 2020〡HOT DOCS 2020〡GOTEBORG 2020〡THESSALONIKI 2020〡POFF TALLINN BLACK NIGHTS 2019〡TROMSØ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2020〡HUMAN IFDD 2020 - BEST NORWEGIAN DOCUMENTARY〡HUMAN RIGHTS FF BERLIN 2020〡ZAGREBDOX 2020〡ASTRA FILM FESTIVAL 2020〡DOCVILLE 2020〡TEMPO 2020〡DOCPOINT HELSINKI 2020〡BELDOCS 2020〡MILLENNIUM DOCS AGAINST GRAVITY 2020〡FIFDH 2020〡ONE WORLD 2020〡VISIONI DAL MONDO 2020〡NORDISK PANORAMA 2020〡INCONVENIENT FILMS 2020〡NORDIC/DOCS 2020〡
"iHuman helpfully gathers all the strands together into one apocalyptic package."
- Cath Clarke, The Guardian
“A political thriller about artificial intelligence, power and social control”
- Matt Grobar, Deadline
"iHuman paints a complex portrait of the world as we know it to be now, on the brink of technological revolution."
- Allie Gregory, Exclaim
"Getting its world premiere at documentary festival IDFA in Amsterdam, Tonje Hessen Schei’s gripping AI doc 'iHuman' drew an audience of more than 700 to a 10 a.m. Sunday screening."
- Damon Wise, Variety