DIRECTOR(S): Monika Hielscher, Matthias Heeder   COUNTRY: Germany   YEAR: 2017   LANGUAGES: English, German, French   SUBTITLES: German   RUNNING TIME: 88 min  


Friday, 29.09., 8:00 p.m., Cinecittà

SECTION: Cinecittà

We are the first generation to hand over the control over our own freedom to computers. But how much freedom are we prepared to give up for the promise of total security? A term originally coined by science fiction author Philip K. Dick, “pre-crime” is a policing technique now used in both the US and Europe to identify “hot people”—those most likely to be victims or perpetrators of a crime. Forecasting software and algorithms that have been criticized as inaccurate and arbitrary are used to collect information, and monitor and flag people. But it isn’t the algorithms we should worry about, but the social players that can use the growing flood of data algorithmically for their own goals: security, consumption, control, surveillance, forecasts etc. (and do so) without the slightest democratic control of the use of these technologies.
“In this chilling and explosive in-depth examination into the modern age of policing, directors Monika Hielscher and Matthias Heeder pose an important question: How much freedom and human awareness are we willing to give to the limited logic of technology?” (Heather Haynes, Hot Docs)

Monika Hielscher and Matthias Heeder have been making documentary films together for more than 20 years. Their primary focus is on investigative documentaries with strong story-telling; their body of work includes theatrical and TV docs for ARD, ZDF, ARTE and others. They are based in Hamburg, Germany.


SCRIPT: Monika Hielscher, Matthias Heeder   PRODUCER: Stefan Kloos   CAMERA: Sebastian Bäumler   EDITOR: Christoph Senn   MUSIC: John Gürtler, Jan Miserre, Lars Voges   CAST:


PRODUCTION: Kloos & Co. Medien GmbH   WORLD SALES: Weronika Adamowska, Rise And Shine World Sales   GERMAN DISTRIBUTOR: Rise and Shine Cinema UG