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Phantom Parrot

Duration: 1h29m
Dates: Thu 25 Apr 2024 17:45

Please note: This screening will no longer include a post-screening Q&A with Ryan Gallagher. 

When a human rights activist, returning home to the UK, refuses to give border police access to his electronic devices, he is arrested and prosecuted under British counterterrorism laws that came into force 20 years ago. 

Following the journey that led Muhammad Rabbani (Director of human rights organisation CAGE) to that airport interrogation room, and the subsequent case against him, Phantom Parrot unravels a secret British government surveillance programme designed to copy the personal data of individuals at airports and border crossings. From there, the dominoes start falling in all directions in a dark detective film about technology, surveillance and structural racism in a time where knowledge might still equal power but where data is even better. 

Director Kate Stonehill has crafted a razor-sharp analysis that unveils unsettling questions about the rule of law, modern espionage and digital privacy.

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