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Filipino film Unfriend highlights dangerous power of social media

Published on Feb 10, 2014 6:29 AM
 
A billboard featuring the logo of Berlinale International Film Festival at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin is pictured on Feb 5, 2014. A gay 15-year-old's heartbreak and obsession with the social media make for a gripping tale of how the Internet can drive fragile minds into a dangerous world, in the Filipino film Unfriend shown at the Berlin film festival. -- PHOTO: AFP 

BERLIN (REUTERS) - A gay 15-year-old's heartbreak and obsession with the social media make for a gripping tale of how the Internet can drive fragile minds into a dangerous world, in the Filipino film Unfriend shown at the Berlin film festival.

Director Joselito Altarejos takes viewers on a nightmarish journey with the film's hero David, who is jilted by his lover just before Christmas, and turns to the screens of his mobile phone, iPad and computer in a desperate attempt to prolong his connection to the 17-year-old Jonathan.

As his phone calls, text messages and Skype calls go unanswered, David becomes more and more detached from reality, and meanders through the crowds and chaos of Manila with a fatal plan forming in his head.

Altarejos based his film on the 2011 shootings in a Filipino shopping mall of two young male lovers, amateur footage of which later surfaced online and went viral.

 
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