Phantom Parrot (USA/UK)
(82 min; 2023; English)
Director: Kate Stonehill
The film will be introduced by Apar Gupta, Advocate and Technology Policy Professional
Screening will be followed by a discussion
Phantom Parrot is a feature documentary that follows a British human rights activist as he is prosecuted under terror laws in the U.K. for refusing to hand over the passwords to his electronic devices at the airport. In the process, it unravels a secret U.K. government surveillance programme – named Phantom Parrot – in which the authorities stop people passing through U.K. borders with the purpose of secretly copying their data, using technologies known as ‘Mobile Device Forensic Tools’.