The phenomenon of TikTok as a technology that changed the world and people, and its impact on reality, both positive and negative, is still difficult to estimate. A fascinating story about fame, activism, censorship, addiction and a life constantly followed by millions of fans.
TikTok, the omnipresent video-based social-media app that launched five years ago, has always seemed a less serious, more frivolously youthquakey destination than a number of other online networking services — most obviously Facebook. Yet as Shalini Kantayya’s sprightly, informative documentary “TikTok, Boom.” makes clear, there are more levels to the TikTok phenomenon than there are to almost any other blockbuster app.
Shalini Kantayya is an American director, screenwriter, and editor. She began her career as a short-film writer; she took part in On the Lot, a reality TV show for young directors co-produced by Steven Spielberg (she finished in the top 10). Leonardo DiCaprio executive-produced her feature-length debut, Catching the Sun, and she also worked with Ron Howard on Breakthrough, which was shot for National Geographic. Her film, Coded Bias, made its world premiere at the Sundance Festival and was shown at 11. AFF.
2005 Bombay Longing (short)
2007 A Drop of Life (short)
2015 Catching the Sun (doc.)
2020 Zakodowane uprzedzenie / Coded Bias (doc.)
2022 TikTok, Boom. (doc.)