Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Programme

Home Invasion

The Ring camera can be installed by the door and be used to watch anyone standing around. The camera is connected to an app, so one can observe the front of the door from anywhere via phone. Home Invasion is an essay film dealing with the evolution of technology and social developments that have made it possible for us to constantly guard our home’s edges. At the same time, the film questions, whether this is a good thing. Do we feel safer if we are constantly monitoring what happens on the outside? 

Originally, the creator of Ring cameras was using convenience as a sales point. It would be beneficial to receive an alert to one’s phone even when you are not within hearing distance from the doorbell. Soon, the strategy changed, and the new strategy was paranoia: What if the bad people are trying to invade your apartment? While you are out, the burglars can attack at any moment! In the United States, parcels are often left by the door, where passersby can steal them. The camera will record this too!

Home Invasion also delves into the history of door technology, including the origins of the doorbell. The emphasis is always on the roles of the door, home, and the world outside on our mental state. What makes us feel safe?

The film seems to have been shot entirely through a peephole. The viewer is set to the position of the voyeur. Thoughts are told in the form of text, and the world outside is either shot with a door cam towards the porch or through illustrative imagery to provide historical context.

Juhana Pettersson (translated by Jenni Kaunisto)

Content warning: horror film imagery

Original Title: Home Invasion
Language: No dialogue
Subtitles: English
Length: 90 min
Age Limit: K12
Year: 2023
Production Country: United Kingdom

Director: Graeme Arnfield
Producer: Graeme Arnfield
Screenplay: Graeme Arnfield
Editing: Graeme Arnfield
Sound Design: Baudoin Oosterlynck, Sarah Naylor