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Even Asteroids Are Not Alone

Like roaming asteroids, we move through space: never alone, forming deep bonds along the way.

In the vast and hostile world of New Eden, no one can really be trusted. How can one make friends in the depths of space? Is it safe? Is somebody pointing a gun at me? Even Asteroids Are Not Alone explores how friendship and trust evolves in Eve Online, a massive multiplayer game where hundreds of thousands of players mine, trade and fight their way through computer-generated galaxies far, far away from the world as we know it.

Virtual worlds have often been portrayed as places of social isolation and those who dwell in them regarded as anti-social. By weaving together the experiences of fourteen players from around the globe, the film reveals a different story on the ability of online games to forge a strong community and bridge the space between people, countries and continents.

The players quest for beauty, freedom and adventure in a virtual space has exposed them to an enriching social environment where the logic of friendship remains the same as in real life. Here, trust is built over time. By banding together they gain greater opportunities. Through communal practices their bonds grow stronger. What starts with a chit-chat about in-game stuff slowly evolves into intimate conversations about real-life issues in general. Often referring to their in-game friends as family, the players describe everlasting friendships that have had life and death implications reaching far beyond the game itself.

It does not matter wether the space we are flying through is virtual or physical, the longing for understanding, connection and someone to share experiences with is universal. We are all just looking for some companionship during the ride.

  • Jón Bjarki Magnússon
    Director
  • Jón Bjarki Magnússon
    Writer
  • Þetta verður eitthvað Film Tank
    Producer
  • Hlín Ólafsdóttir
    Artistic advisor
  • Haukur Már Helgason
    Artistic advisor
    Ge9n
  • Film Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Iceland
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany
  • Film Language:
    English, Icelandic
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Ethnocineca
    Vienna
    Austria
    May 6, 2018
    World Premiere
    Nominated for the ESSA student awards
Director Biography - Jón Bjarki Magnússon

Jón Bjarki Magnússon (b. 1984) is an award-winning journalist, writer and filmmaker from Iceland currently living in Berlin, Germany. Working as a journalist since 2008, he has written extensively about the poor conditions of refugees in his home country and in 2014 his coverage of ministerial crimes against asylum seekers led to the resignation of the Icelandic Minister of the Interior. Jón Bjarki studied Creative Writing at the University of Iceland in 2009-2012, published a book of poetry ― The Lambs in Cambodia (and you) ― in 2011, and is currently enrolled at the MA program of Visual and Media Anthropology at Freie Universität, Berlin. Even Asteroids Are Not Alone is his first film.

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Director Statement

I had been thinking about the stereotype of the (online) gamer, how he is often portrayed as a complete loner, someone who dwells in a dark and dirty room without any connection to society. And how this shallow simplification could not be further away from the reality. Even the people in the darkest of rooms are able to form deep friendships through online games. Just like asteroids surrounded by black emptiness in the depths of space they are never alone.