Movies that Matter: Total Trust

  • Date: 12 November 15:00
  • Location: Filmhuis Den Haag

Total Trust takes a penetrating look at digital control in China, where an unprecedented degree of state control prevails through trust, fear, obedience and resistance. It examines the changes in social behavior as a result of an all-seeing society and finds its staying power in the people fighting the abuse of state power.

In recent years, the Chinese government has felt threatened by increasing activism and public outrage over the slowing economy and growing social problems. To counter these events, China has begun expanding a sophisticated digital system across the country. This system, which aims to track and monitor citizens, collect and analyze their data and categorize behaviors as criminal or praiseworthy, hopes to predict political resistance within society before it happens. And since COVID, the pandemic is being misused to install a hole-free digital surveillance net. Citizens are being monitored 24/7 as never before imagined.

We are learning how this complex digital surveillance works through the people who live under this surveillance - from ordinary people to people who are special targets of the government because of their critical thinking. Like lawyers and journalists.

About On Tour:

On Tour is a spin-off of the Movies that Matter Festival. Each year they select eight great festival titles that we aim to offer a wide platform throughout the country. In collaboration with (currently) seventeen movie theaters and local volunteer groups, they screen a film or documentary that matters, a movie that matters, every month from October through May. The screenings are accompanied by in-depth programs and guest speakers arranged by local groups. In this way, they encourage dialogue and broaden perspectives in local contexts.

Filmhuis Den Haag

Spui 191
2511 BN The Hague

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