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Pre-Crime

a film brought to you by the WAKE UP EUROPE Festival – in Turin, across Europe and online

Science fiction turns into disturbing fact as forecasting software, algorithms and databases quickly become the new fortune tellers for future crimes, driving us to ask: how much are we willing to abandon for the sake of security? The WAKE UP EUROPE Festival will use this film to discuss technology and manipulation.

What if the murder of tomorrow could be prevented today?

To predict a future crime scene and to prevent a murder seems like something from a science fiction movie. It is, but it’s also real – and happening right now. To make this possible, powerful computers and omnipresent cameras capture data from all sources, which is then evaluated and analyzed with the help of algorithms. At the same time, we, the citizens are transformed into carriers of recorded data – our every move, message and purchase tracked and mapped. Ratings of how likely we are to commit a crime are attached to our personae. Computers spit out lists of tomorrow ́s criminals. But what if it ́s you who ends up on this list? What if the data is wrong? Or biased? How can we be guilty of things we haven’t done?

Pre-Crime travels to Chicago, London, Paris, Berlin, Munich and other places to show predictive policing techniques in action, to investigate their opportunities and dangers and to meet people who use them and those who have been victims of them. Who is – and who isn’t – protected by the algorithm?

The film exposes the creators of this technology, how they work and who really benefits from their invention. We are the first generation to hand over to computers the control over our own freedom. But how much freedom are we prepared to give up for the promise of total security?

Pre-Crime is a wake up call for all of us. A science fiction scenario, both fascinating and scary, has arrived in our everyday life. Welcome to the real Minority Report.

Szene aus Pre-Crime

Monika Hielscher & Matthias Heerder – Writers & Directors
Stefan Kloos – Producer
Sebastian Bäumler – Cinematographer
Christoph Senn – Editor

Kloos & Co. Medien in co-production with Westdeutscher Rundfunk, ARTE.
Germany 2017. 87 minutes. English & German with subtitles.

Scene from Pre-Crime

Festival theme: Technology and Manipulation in Europe

Europe’s role in shaping the future of big-tech in recent years has become ever more prominent. Measures like GDPR show that the bloc is one of the few global players big enough to defend individual freedoms online in the digital sphere, while projects such as the Digital Single Market offer still greater integration across borders.

But there is a darker side to the tech revolution that the EU will have to confront – such as the rise of surveillance techniques, and the potential for censorship on social media, will become ever more significant issues for citizens over the coming parliamentary term.

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