Movie Review: TBK AFK (2013, English Subtitles)

Posted: February 16, 2013 in Movies, posts by John
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I am a great believer in good quality documentaries and today I came across news of a newly released documentary, fresh from the Berlin film festival .

TPB AFK tells the tale of The Pirate Bay and mainly features video footage and excerpts from the legal trials of the three co-founding members of the well known internet peer to peer file sharing website. Filmed by Simon Klose, the 82 minute long documentary was produced following a kick-start campaign to pay for a professional video editor. The documentary premiered at the  Berlin Film Festival and was later announced by the website to be fully available for download via torrent file, which is kind of fitting considering the subject matter.
If you are interested in the dark side of the internet and legal dramas then this documentary will be right up your alley. So far on the IMDB website, the documentary has been given a fantastic 10 out of 10 from 36 users. The movie database and review site summarises it as “Viva la piracy! An intellectual freedoms documentary based around the interpersonal triumphs, and defeats of the three main characters against the largest industry in the known universe. The media industry.”
TPB AFK is available to; watch in trailer form, watch online entirely (Via youtube links), download via torrent (20k+ seeders) or watch on for $10. You can also pre-order a boxed DVD version for $23 if you wish to add this to your collection of documentaries. So far the movie has made approx $32,000 via paid views and pre-orders but total number of views is hard to get since “TPB doesn’t keep torrent stats.”
I highly recommend viewing this documentary, even if just to get a different view point on media sharing and the consequences of large corporations mingling into free speech online.
 John Gibson 

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