A.I. at War
A.I. at War
French director and documentarian Florent Marcie unfolds the relationship between man and machine in A.I at War. When Marcie meets Sota, a robot with artificial intelligence that claims to understand and simulate human thinking patterns, at a technology expo, he decides to take it to the war zones of Iraq and Syria, as well as the streets of Paris during the Yellow Vests protests.
A.I. at War follows Sota and the director’s journey to the front lines. From their encounters with different people, the duo is introduced to the cruelty of conflict and violence. As Marcie films the interaction between Sota and the humans they encounter, the robot simultaneously records the director's life, a reflection through its lens. This sobering yet humorous conversation between man and machine questions human existence: from what kind of world is artificial intelligence learning?
About the Director
An experienced war reporter, Florent Marcie began to direct and produce documentaries on human tragedy and conflict in the 1990s, which reflects the influence of his war reporting practice. He released a short experimental film Saïa (2000), and a feature film Commander Khawani (2014) after spending his time in Afghanistan as a freelance journalist. In 2007, his second feature documentary, Itchkéri Kenti, les fils d'Itchkérie, received critical recognition for revealing the suffering of the Chechnyan. Marcie released the documentary Tomorrow Tripoli (2015) on the Libyan Revolution in 2011. The 2019 Athens Avant-garde Film Festival devoted a retrospective to his short and feature films.
Image at top: Florent Marcie. A.I. at War, 2020. Photo by © Éve Ray, courtesy of Morituri Films