Review of ‘Another Body’: a cowardly new world | ET REALITY


When Taylor Klein, an engineering student, receives a message from a friend recommending she open a link, she is cautious. She finally clicks and finds herself looking at herself. Taylor’s face was stolen to make a deepfake video, which was posted with her personal information on a porn site.

The documentary “Another Body” takes us into this funky new world, one where images of a person (most often a woman) can be scraped from social media and repurposed digitally.

When Taylor contacted the police to report what she thought was a crime, she didn’t get very far. Currently, only five states have laws that make non-consensual deepfake pornography a criminal act.

The film, directed by Sophie Compton and Reuben Hamlyn, follows Taylor as she tries to track down whoever is responsible. Along the way, she discovers two other people whose faces have also been used for deepfake porn: Julia, a woman he recognizes from college, and Gibi, an actor and ASMR streamer.

The twist is that Taylor and Julia’s names are pseudonyms and that they are played by actors with “facial veils” (that technology came to the fore in the documentary “Welcome to Chechnya”).

“Another Body” is most persuasive when experts analyze the reality-disrupting aspects of deepfake technology and image-based sexual abuse. That the documentary does this by using some of that technology to protect Taylor and Julia’s identities raises its own ethical questions, questions that, even with the filmmakers’ compassion and transparency, “Another Body” doesn’t fully resolve.

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Not qualified. Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes. On cinemas.

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