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WE ARE LEGION: The Story of the Hacktivists


"WE ARE LEGION: The Story of the Hacktivists" takes us inside the world of Anonymous, the radical "hacktivist" collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age. The film explores early hacktivist groups like Cult of the Dead Cow and Electronic Disturbance Theater, then moves to Anonymous' raucous beginnings on the website 4chan.

Through interviews with current members, people recently returned from prison or facing trial, writers, academics, activists and major players in various "raids," the documentary traces Anonymous’ evolution from merry pranksters to a full-blown movement with a global reach, the most transformative civil disobedience of our time.


Director(s): Brian Knappenberger

Executive Producer(s): Brian Knappenberger

Producer(s): Luminant Media, Brian Knappenberger

Screenwriter(s): Brian Knappenberger

Cinematographer: Dan Krauss, Lincoln Else, Scott Sinkler

Editor(s): Andy Robertson

Music: John Dragonnetti

Director Bio


Brian Knappenberger is a writer/director who has worked for the Sundance Channel, PBS/FRONTLINE, National Geographic, and Discovery. He is Executive Producer of the 18-part Bloomberg documentary series “GameChangers", has directed films about tensions in Afghanistan, freedom of speech in Ukraine and technology altering our physical bodies in “Into the Body".


Public Film Contact

Brian Knappenberger
Luminant Media
453 South Spring Street #1216
Los Angeles


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