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Black Code

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In this gripping documentary, filmmaker Nicholas de Pencier (Four Wings and a Prayer, Watermark) examines the complex global impact that the internet has had on matters of free speech, privacy and activism. Based on the book by Ron Deibert, Black Code is the story of how the internet is being controlled and manipulated by governments across the world in order to censor and monitor their citizens. As they battle for control of cyberspace, ideas of citizenship, privacy and democracy are challenged to the core.

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Black Code pulls back the curtain of awful government intrusion in very immediate terms. Genuinely terrifying, because these things are happening to regular citizens all over the world, it comes from the heart and seeks ways to end this madness.

Film Threat

Official Selection - 2016 Toronto International Film Festival

Official Selection - 2017 Human Rights Watch Film Festival (London, UK)

Official Selection - 2017 Hong Kong International Film Festival

Cast & Crew
  • Himself : Ronald Delbert
  • Directed by : Nicholas de Pencier
  • Executive Producers : Nicholas de Pencier & Daniel Iron
  • Producer : Nicholas de Pencier
  • Cinematography : Nicholas de Pencier
  • Editor : Eric Pedicelli
  • Sound : Nicholas de Pencier, Phil Strong, Tattersall Sound and Picture
  • Original Score : Phil Strong
Technical Info
  • Production Year : 2016
  • Release Date : February 20, 2018
  • Countries of Production : Canada
  • Languages : English, Portuguese, Arabic, Tibetan
  • Running Time : 90 Minutes
  • Screen Ratio : 1.85:1
  • Sound : Dolby
  • Color : Color
  • Rating : Not Rated
DVD/Blu-Ray Special Features

Human Rights Watch Discussion with Ronald Deilbert and Edward Snowden

Filmmaker Q&A with Nicholas de Pencier from Hong Kong FF