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Through The Lens: Users

Natalia Almada
Altamura Films

After the birth of her son, documentary filmmaker Natalia Almada asked herself: Will technology be a better mother than me?

Almada’s 2021 documentary “Users” opens with a shot of a crying baby, Almada’s own child. We watch as an automated bassinet rocks it back and forth. Soon, her baby is fast asleep, more quickly and consistently, perhaps, than Almada’s efforts could achieve. Is the bassinet better than she is? Throughout her film, Alamada considers this question and others about how technology and artificial intelligence are changing us, and how interconnected we’ve become with such things. We’ll talk with Natalia Almada about what she discovered and about her film “Users” Friday at 11 a.m.

Please join us for a free screening of “Users” at the Salt Lake City Library on Wednesday, July 12 at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A between Doug and Natalia Almada. You can RSVP and find the screening details here.


  • Andrew Nelson | @DrAPNelson Chair of the Department of Film & Media Arts and associate professor of film studies at the University of Utah
  • Natalia Almada | Photographer and filmmaker. Her latest film is “Users,” which won the  Sundance Documentary Directing Award in 2021.

Airdate: Friday, July 7, 2023 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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