July 16, 2024


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African director’s Oscar film questions the public discourse on robot ethics

I AM questions the public discourse on robot ethics and raises questions for which there are no answers (yet). This black female led drama premiered at Cinequest Film Festival and was nominated for a Student Academy Award.

I AM won the HBOmax Best Short Film Award at the St. Martha‘s Vineyard African American Film Festival.One day, the withdrawn Noé finds a motionless android in the forest, takes it with her and reactivates it. It’s the beginning of a strange relationship. Far too late, Noé realizes that the android is about to copy her personality.

I AM was written by Florens Huhn, directed by Jerry Hoffmann, photographed by Lena Katharina Krause and produced by Stella Flicker.

The German collective of four filmmakers have come together for a second time (after their first internationally acclaimed short “MALL”) to create this unique science fiction short about the special relationship between a woman and an android. Florens Huhn has a modern style of writing, that often circles around topics of power structures and identity. Lena Katharina Krause’s exceptional camera work is evocative and bold.Stella Flicker is an Austrian film producer living in Germany.

Her main aim is to portrait a realistic, contemporary representation of our diverse society, while leaving behind outdated clichés and stereotypes. She’s devoted her creative work to uncover political and social disparities and inequalities and bring them to a wider audience. Alongside studying film production in Hamburg, Germany, she has gained experience working on numerous renowned film productions. Stella is currently working for a weekly German tv series for the public-service television broadcaster ZDF.

I AM is Stella’s thesis movie. Jerry Hoffmann is a director and actor of German and Ghanaian roots. He was discovered at a young age and debuted as one of the leads in the critically acclaimed film SHAHADA, which premiered in the competition at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival. After appearing in numerous productions for Film and Theatre (HITMAN AGENT 47‘, HEIL) he decided to focus more on the production side of film, and studied Directing at the Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and the Hamburg Media School. 

His various shorts have been very well received. MALL und 90% both had it’s premiere at the well know Max Ophüls Festival and are currently traveling the world. Jerry is represented by CAA and can soon be seen in the upcoming Netflix Show‚A Submarine Story‘. Jerry is aiming for a more inclusive and diverse film landscape, and telling stories of the unheard. I AM is his thesis movie. Regards,


Shelly Diafuana

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