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“Regulation” by Ryan Patch
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Every child has the right to be happy. By law.
In the near future, a young social worker (Sunita Mani, “Glow” & “Mr. Robot”) travels to a small community to administer behavior-modifying “patches” that guarantee happiness for the wearers. She must decide what to do when a precocious girl (Audrey Bennett, “Frozen on Broadway”) refuses to accept the patch.
As someone with a close family member who struggles with severe mental health issues, the way that we understand and help people with these challenges is always on my mind. So, when I stumbled across a Harvard bioethicist’s blog about the idea of always-on, perfectly-administered drip dosage of antidepressants, an entire world began to form in my head where this technology was a part of everyday life.
I started to think about what this could do for people in our country, but also what it would do for our country’s culture. Who would use it? How would we handle this as a society? And also, how might the government address the disparity in privilege this technology would create between children who grew up with the wealth to be “happy” and those who did not? This lead me to think about what the government’s responsibility is to “level the playing field” in health and where can human freedom be factored into these decisions?
There are a number of contentious issues in our country that, at their core, are discussions that pit something that might make society “better” against a loss of individual freedoms. We all agree it’s good the government removes citizens’ “freedom” to drive on the left side of the road in return for having safe roads. But where should the line be between giving up a freedom that makes “society” a better place, and allowing citizens to retain important autonomy? Many of us disagree about where this line might be for different issues like guns, education, or medical care, but I hope that this film serves as a starting place to discuss these issues, and for each side to empathize with the values and motivations of the other.
This film was made possible by a grant from The Moving Picture Institute.
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Sci-Fi Short Film “Regulation” | DUST
We expect this film to generate a lot of discussion (which good sci-fi tends to do), please read the director's statement in the description for a better understanding of what Ryan Patch's intentions were and join the conversation. 🙏
another brainwashed adult…by the way this was really well done!
Oh, this was heartbreaking and so disturbing!
You may think this is a terrible scenario but consider this: a child growing up in an abusive home, forced to be happy while being told they're "of the Devil." That's cruel beyond cruel.
The child actor here was incredibly believable. Talent.
Turn Down For What lol
It saddens me that she seemed to have really been touched by the girl’s natural emotional well being, and this seemingly moved her to skip the patch, only she then turns and as she is walking away, she marked the case non-compliant which calls s new social services agent to come.
Did she just have too much sympathy to do it herself, but nevertheless still adhered to government mandate? I was really expecting her to close the case and let the girl be as she was!
This was published just four months before the pandemic began in earnest and a year before the vaccines. It was prescient.
Most comments confuse sadness with depression. This is a common misconception. Depression is the lack of feeling and is horrible. I wish I had a "happy patch" when I was a kid!
Oh my gosh. She lied and then reported her!!!! B**ch
And today – 2021, November – they call it what we are now not allowed to mention online – no matter what is mandated… happiness or mental health or medical treatment… when it’s mandated it is a violation of human freedom, of ethics, of morality… of humane-ness itself – it turns a human being into an object owned by the state-politicians and their enforcers who claim to themselves the monopoly of power and authority –
this an ugly ugly ugly film
happy patch : c0v1d vax
A bit like a vac’s passport.
They don't know kids very well. Bunch of demos.
This is what happens when people with good intentions go overboard. It sounds all positive and noble to 'make' everyone be happy. But you end up stripping a part of our humanity away in the process. We benefit from times of sadness as much as times of happiness. They are the colors of a vast canvass that is our lives. Each color accents the other. We can see our happiness all the more because of our unhappiness. And we can find lessons and build character from times of sorrow. Without trials and challenges, we fail to grow.
For all the happiness this world in the video may think it has, it is a very sad world, indeed.
As an aside, I fully understand the need and value of using drugs to manage severe cases of mental/psychological dysfunction. The brain needs the proper balance of chemistry to run correctly. But everyone doesn't need that. Like all forms of medicine, each has it's place in the right circumstances to help.
Wow! Terrifying! Great little film!
government authorities would not be the main influencer to force mandatory application of such emotional regulators. so fascist.
and why government shall pay for it. self actualization under optimum emotional regulation is their own individual responsibility, you see.
global corporations would simply require their credible workers to apply for one, with their own budget, if they wish to continue working with them. they would need absolute efficiency you see.
and government would let corporations their way. otherwise, why invest on that country?
plus, you would not see a simple patch to solve for this essential problem. this must be more of a gadget with regular maintenance and a periodic service fee. ones with a premium service plan should share a bigger portion of cumulative added value as main contributors of society. of course, key decision makers will have the most upgraded version with fastest response time.
this is for the good of human kind in an age of singularity. one should keep up with the bots, you see.
what a cheater that lady was
If a mask on a child's face ain't a form of a micro dose I don't know what is.
"We all agree" on NOTHING. The government takes no freedom, it serves civil society!! For the Enlightenment tradition, we are free precisely THROUGH the law!! It is not a removal of freedom, it IS freedom. It all became contradictory in the 19th century with the emergence of capitalism. Then the
sametask of freedom changed. Thats for starters 😅. Good job though!
I can't decide what would be more sinister, that they're doing it cynically for social control, or that they're sincerely trying to help
Should have called it the "Ryan Patch"
After watching this, I feel it's a very good short film, it clearly shows what people think is good, even when it isn't, I think that if we really want to make an utopia, it's not through control but by freedom, to do whatever you want, but to show you the way, like through art like this, not by controlling you, but by showing you, and then it's your choice if you'll use it or not. That's a true utopia.
The worst thing is, when someone tries to make you happy, even if they have to make you happy by their standard, no matter how you feel about it.
Surprisingly I would be an advocate of those who wish to take the Happy Patch voluntarily. In the inverse there are studies that show children who suffer trauma abuse & or neglect carry that well into their adult years 20 years later etc- thus an opportunity to be happy if you find by circumstances you are not may not be all that bad.
What do you drink? Give me one please!
Damn….this is some dark messed up s***!
“Happy and regulated children.”
Wow. Can you say ‘manipulation’?
I'm just going to play Warren G to regulate
loved this and wish this technology to become real