Mariana Oliva | 12 min | United Kingdom | 2010
“Humanoids” follows a group of scientists trying to teach robots to play football. Their main interest is to develop autonomous technology that will able robots act to act by themselves, without human intervention. By observing this scientists struggles in the process of pushing the robot to become more human, “Humanoids” explores our continued desire to reproduce human characteristics within external elements, and tries to understand our increasingly intimate relationship with technology as part of our social and psychological lives.
Director, Producer: Mariana Oliva
Camera: Julian Schwanitz
Editor: Vicki Reid
Sound Designer: Dimitris Patrikios
Music: The Performers
Mariana Oliva (Brazil) is a filmmaker and coordinator for co-productions and new international projects at TAL. She was one of the creators of the series Mi país, nuestro mundo, a co-production among nine Latin American countries. In the last year she coordinated four international co-productions. Her last short film, Humanoids, was shown at major international festivals. She has a master’s degree in documentary direction from the Edinburgh College of Art, and she qualified in journalism at PUC-SP.