Yonlu

Yonlu

Directed by Hique Montanari
U.S. | 2017 | Narrative
88 minutes | English & Portuguese
Available Nov. 5-22
Available in the U.S.

“Yonlu” incorporates animation, music, and video clips to tell the story of an extraordinarily creative boy who lost his way along the pathways of the Internet, which seemed to be so bright and welcoming but which also concealed dark, dangerous corners. The film is based on the real story of a 16-year-old boy who, aided by the Internet, won over the world with his talent for music and art. An illustrator, photographer, and writer of experimental music — and fluent in five languages — Yonlu had a critical view of society and shared it through a network of virtual friends from all continents. However, in the seclusion of his bedroom, he also signed up to a forum for potential suicides, and Yonlu found encouragement there to take his own life. Despite his tragically short life, Yonlu’s musical legacy lives on in the posthumous album “A Society in Which No Tear Is Shed Is Inconceivably Mediocre,” which was released by the David Byrne-founded Luaka Bop label.