Black Code

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Canada | 2016 | 90 minutes | Nicholas de Pencier

Big Data meets Big Brother in this startling expose outlining how governments around the world are controlling, manipulating, and monitoring the Internet and digital communication, challenging our ideas of citizenship, privacy, and democracy to the very core.

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"We are going through the most profound change in communication technologies in all of human history right now," says Ronald Deibert, political science professor and director of The Citizen Lab. "We're leaving this digital exhaust that contains extraordinarily precise information about our lives, our social relationships, reduced to trillions of data points that form now this new ethereal layer around the planet that's only growing." He has a point. Between mobile phone usage, social media, and cloud computing, we put an awful lot of faith in companies to protect our private data. In truth, governments around the world are controlling, manipulating, and monitoring the Internet to their advantage. In this startling expose, director Nicholas de Pencier shows us the connection between Big Data and Big Brother, meeting political activists, prisoners, protestors, and digital detectives from across the globe as they contend with this strange new world. Whether you're protesting the Chinese occupation of Tibet, secretly recording the Syrian Civil War, or livestreaming a protest in an attempt to bypass government and media spin, somebody will always be watching. "It's our responsibility to hold governments and companies accountable," the film posits, so that they can't infringe on our freedoms and rights.

Director Biography

As a director, de Pencier's credits include the feature documentary Four Wings and a Prayer, about the migration of the Monarch butterfly which won the Grand Prix Pariscience, the Banff Rockie Award for best Wildlife and Natural History Program, the Jules Verne Nature Award, and was nominated for Geminis for best Science Documentary, Best Cinematography and Best Direction in addition to an Emmy nomination for the PBS NOVA version. In 2004, de Pencier was nominated for a Gemini for Best Direction for his performance film Streetcar, while the film's lead, Peter Chin, won for Best Performance. The film was also nominated for a Banff Rockie Award

Sponsored by WatchGuard Technologies, Canadian Studies Center UW, Consulate General of Canada, Québec Government Office in Los Angeles, KUOW 94.9, Muckleshoot Tribe

  • Director: Nicholas de Pencier
  • Principal Cast: Ronald Deibert, Felipe Altenfeldor
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Canada
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Producer: Nicholas de Pencier, Daniel Iron
  • Screenplay: Nicholas de Pencier
  • Cinematographers: Nicholas de Pencier
  • Editors: Eric Pedicelli
  • Music: Philip Strong
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Four Wings and a Prayer (2007)
  • Language: English, Portuguese, Arabic, Tibetan
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Mongrel Media