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June 17, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

Time Bomb Y2K

As the year 2000 approached, rumblings started to spread outside of the world of computer engineers and into the mainstream consciousness about a ubiquitous error in computer code that would cause computers to reset during the transition from “1999” to “2000,” causing the world’s computerized systems to grind to a halt. This fully archival feature (no interviews, verité, etc.) documents the countdown to Y2K against the backdrop of the mass hysteria that infiltrated everything from politics to pop culture. Doomsday prepper communities started to proliferate and businesses popped up with products, books, and any way to make a quick buck off the looming disaster. Time Bomb Y2K is a wild ride through the final days of the ’90s and a compelling portrait of a turning point in the digital revolution. By examining this hingepoint between millennia, the film interrogates our ever-changing relationship to technology and each other.

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Date:
June 17, 2023
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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Venue

Edlavitch Jewish Community Center, Cafritz Hall
1529 16TH STREET NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20036, DC 20036 United States
DC/DOX Film Festival 2023

Time Bomb Y2K

June 17, 2023

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Venue

Edlavitch Jewish Community Center, Cafritz Hall

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As the year 2000 approached, rumblings started to spread outside of the world of computer engineers and into the mainstream consciousness about a ubiquitous error in computer code that would cause computers to reset during the transition from “1999” to “2000,” causing the world’s computerized systems to grind to a halt. This fully archival feature (no interviews, verité, etc.) documents the countdown to Y2K against the backdrop of the mass hysteria that infiltrated everything from politics to pop culture. Doomsday prepper communities started to proliferate and businesses popped up with products, books, and any way to make a quick buck off the looming disaster. Time Bomb Y2K is a wild ride through the final days of the ’90s and a compelling portrait of a turning point in the digital revolution. By examining this hingepoint between millennia, the film interrogates our ever-changing relationship to technology and each other.

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Program

Time Bomb Y2K

Date

June 17, 2023

TIME

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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