Better Care, 2019


It’s 2025 and Nadia, a care worker, is on her way in a driverless car to visit Pam, an elderly woman whose mobility is restricted after a stroke. With the help of a robotic walking stick and a machine that reminds her to take her medication, Pam receives basic support. However, her voice-activated lock (VAL) is not working properly and she has to keep getting up to answer the door. Nadia’s visits become a series of increasingly frustrating failed attempts to fix VAL – culminating in an absurdly complicated device. Superflux’s work speculates about a future in which technologies support the ailing social care system. The film also gives a voice to those who have personal experience of using social care services, providing unpaid care or working in the care sector.