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COMPLICIT

Winner of 8 international documentary and human rights film festival awards including the top prizes in Paris, Valencia Spain, Sardinia Italy and sold out Lincoln Center and IFC premieres in New York , COMPLICIT has been an Official Selection in over 35 film festivals. The film touches both the heart and growing global concerns about the safety of our electronic devices, smartphones in particular.
Shot below the radar in China in the midst of an unprecedented human rights crackdown, the film is a character-driven, inspiring tale of young activists facing huge odds in their effort to reform China's toxic smartphone factories.

Yi Yeting faces seemingly insurmountable challenges, battling to survive occupational leukemia, while helping 39 teenagers - workers from a smartphone factory in a similar situation, poisoned by widely used solvents benzene and n-hexane.

Connecting via the internet Yi brings his fight against benzene - from his hospital room, where he helps other workers, to Silicon Valley and the international stage, persuading Apple to ban benzene.
The audience takes an 8000-mile journey to the lush countryside where the workers come from, to the world’s mega-sized factory floors.

Ultimately an inspiring tale, COMPLICIT shows when courage and commitment meet social media there's no limit to what one can accomplish - even in authoritarian China.
A 3 min opening film "Modern Slavery and Your Devices" can accompany COMPLICIT screenings. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlDNfOXBFLA&t=7s
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  • heather white
    Director
  • lynn zhang
    Director
    One Child Nation
  • christopher seward
    Writer
    Fahrenheit 911, Sicko, Fire in the Blood
  • Diana Holtzberg
    Producer
    Nowhere to Hide, Rumble, Mr Gaga
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 29 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    400,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    China, Hong Kong, United States
  • Language:
    Chinese, English
  • Shooting Format:
    HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16.9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Official Selection Human Rights Watch Film Festivals - London, New York, Amsterdam, San Diego
    London, New York, San Diego, Amsterdam
    United Kingdom
    March 10, 2017
    World Premiere
  • Festival del Cinema dei Diritti Umani di Napoli
    Naples
    Italy
    November 11, 2017
    Italy premiere
    Special Mention Documentary Award
  • TIFF /Human Rights Watch film festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    March 30, 2017
    N.American premiere
  • Geneva FIFDH festival forum on human rights
    Geneva
    Switzerland
    March 17, 2017
    Europe premiere
  • DOXA Vancouver Documentary film festival
    Vancouver
    Canada
    May 6, 2017
    Alliance of Women Film Journalists EDA Award
  • Melbourne Documentary film festival
    Melbourne
    Australia
    July 14, 2017
    Australian premiere
  • Paris Alliance Cine - Human Rights Film Festival (FIFDH)
    Paris
    France
    December 5, 2017
    France
    Grand Jury Prize
  • International Film and Human Rights Festival of Valencia
    Valencia
    Spain
    February 15, 2018
    Spain premiere
    BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY AWARD
  • Raw Science Film Festival
    Santa Barbara
    United States
    January 6, 2018
    California premiere
    Social Media Award
  • Sedona International film festival
    Sedona
    United States
    March 2, 2018
  • Tel Aviv Solidarity Human Rights Film Festival
    Tel Aviv
    Israel
    April 27, 2018
    Israel premiere
  • Documentary Edge Film Festival
    Wellington
    New Zealand
    May 12, 2018
    New Zealand
    Official Selection
  • Belgium Millenium Film Festival
    Brussels
    Belgium
    March 21, 2018
    Belgian premiere
  • Belfast Cinemagic Film Festival
    Belfast
    Ireland
    October 6, 2018
  • Addis International Film Festival, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia May 1-5
    Addis Ababa
    Ethiopia
    May 1, 2018
    Africa premiere
  • Galway Film Fleadh
    Galway Fleadh
    Ireland
    July 11, 2018
    Ireland Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Friday Harbor Film Festival
    Friday Harbor
    United States
    October 26, 2018
  • Life After Oil International Film Festival
    Sardinia
    Italy
    September 22, 2018
    Sardinia premiere
    Official Selection
  • Seattle Social Justice Film Festival
Distribution Information
  • JAVA Films, Paris
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
  • Bullfrog Films, USA
Director Biography - heather white, lynn zhang

Heather White and Lynn Zhang are both first-time filmmakers. Their 1st trailer for COMPLICIT titled, “Who Pays the Price, the Human Cost of Electronics” went viral with 1.2 million views on YouTube and over 400 news articles.

Heather White is an award-winning non-profit founder and researcher with 20 years experience in international advocacy on labor and human rights issues. An expert on supply-chain monitoring she speaks Chinese and has worked in China on and off throughout her career. She is also Founder/ former Executive Director of Verité,(www.verite.org).

The research for COMPLICIT began when Heather was a fellow at Harvard University's Edmond Safra Center for Ethics (2011-2014)

Lynn Zhang has worked as a freelance video producer for The New York Times, Center on US - China Relations, and Asia Society’s China-File and China-Green websites.
Previously she worked as a news researcher and cameraperson for TV Channel 3, Catalonia, Spain – Beijing news bureau.

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Director Statement

Director Heather White’s Statement and History behind
COMPLICIT:
We filmed in several provinces in China, Hong Kong also in the Netherlands and US.

I hope that after viewing COMPLICIT, which provides an intimate view of the challenges posed to all us by today's technology - audiences will feel a sense of increased connection to the workers behind the devices they can’t live without, and understand there are dangers coming from the unnecessary toxins used during smartphone production.