TIKTOK, BOOM: U.S. Documentary Competition - 2022 Sundance Film Festival
Directed by Shalini Kantayya
Produced by Ross M. Dinerstein, Shalini Kantayya, and Danni Myn
2022 Sundance Film Festival - Virtual Screening Schedule: WORLD PREMIERE Sunday, January 23rd at 5:45PM PST to 8:45PM PST Tuesday, January 25th at 7AM PST to Wednesday, January 26th at 7AM PST
About TIKTOK, BOOM. Dissecting one of the most influential platforms of the contemporary social media landscape, TikTok, Boom. examines the algorithmic, socio-political, economic, and cultural influences and impact of the history-making app. This rigorous exploration balances a genuine interest in the TikTok community and its innovative mechanics with a healthy skepticism around the security issues, global political challenges, and racial biases behind the platform. A cast of Gen Z subjects, helmed by influencer Feroza Aziz, remains at its center, making this one of the most needed and empathetic films exploring what it means to be a digital native. Director Shalini Kantayya, a Sundance Institute Documentary Film fellow, returns after the world premiere of Coded Bias at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. With this new work, Kantayya continues her engagement in the space where technology meets, amplifies, and opposes our humanity. Her incisive, current look at the power and complexity of tech continues to advance a conversation that is bettered by her careful stewardship.
About Director Kantayya Shalini Kantayya’s CODED BIAS premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim and now streams on Netflix. Kantayya’s debut feature, CATCHING THE SUN, premiered at the LA Film Festival and was named a New York Times Critics’ Pick. She is a TED Fellow, a William J. Fulbright Scholar, and an associate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.