Total Trust
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Total Trust

February 16, 2024

This event occurred as part of the 23/24 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

This urgent documentary offers a front row seat to life under China's state surveillance system and raises questions about the dangers Big Data poses to individual freedom. Discussion follows.

23/24 Hop Film



The Chinese government's vision of an all-seeing society is becoming a reality. This eye-opening documentary follows an official, two human rights lawyers' families and a journalist to reveal how a person is gradually integrated into China's state surveillance system. By these haunting stories the film sparks a global debate about the dangers that Big Data and AI pose to individual freedoms. Through intimate vérité scenes and rich archival footage, filmmaker Jialing Zhang (One Child Nation) aims to explore the changes in social behavior and suppression of human rights when technology is in the hands of unchecked power. If this is the present, what does our future look like?

Discussion follows with Professor Yi Lu and Professor Christophe Hauser.

D: Jialing Zhang, Netherlands, Germany, subtitled, 2023, 1h37m

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