A human rights activist is prosecuted under terror laws for refusing to hand over the passwords to his electronic devices during a border stop, unveiling unsettling questions about modern espionage and digital privacy.

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Screenings


Houses of Parliament - Portcullis House - May 21st

Falmouth - The Poly
- May 24th

Stockton on Tees - Stockton Arts Centre - April 18th, 2:00pm

London - Hackney Picturehouse
- April 19, 8:30pm
+ Q&A with human rights activist Muhammad Rabbani & editor Emiliano Battista,
moderated by filmmaker Elhum Shakerifar

Inverness - Eden Court - April 22nd-25th

Dundee - Dundee Contemporary Arts - April 25th, 5:45pm

Bristol - Watershed - April 16th
+ Q&A with Producer Steven Lake, human rights activist Muhammad Rabbani
moderated by Priyanka Raval, The Bristol Cable

Leicester - Phoenix
- April 17th
+ Q&A with human rights activist Muhammad Rabbani & Dr Chris Allen, Associate Professor at the School of Criminology, University of Leicester.

Stockton on Tees - Stockton Arts Centre - April 17th, 7:30pm

The Council of Europe at the Skino - April 11th, 6:15pmil 1

London - Crouch End - April 13th, 5:30pm
+ Q&A with Director Kate Stonehill

Glasgow - Glasgow Film Theatre - April 4th, 8:00pm
+ Q&A with Director Kate Stonehill & investigative journalist Ryan Gallagher
moderated by documentary producer Sinead Kirwan

London - Bertha DocHouse
- April 1st, 2:10pm


Norwich - Cinema City Picturehouse
- March 26th, 6:00pm
+ Q&A with human rights activist Muhammad Rabbani,
moderated by Professor Paul Bernal

London - Bertha DocHouse - March 26th, 4:10pm

The Hague - Movies That Matter Festival - March 24-27

Clapham - Picturehouse - March 24th, 5:00pm
+ Q&A with Director Kate Stonehill & human rights activist Muhammad Rabbani
moderated by Georgia Edwards, Impact Producer

Edinburgh - The Cameo, Picturehouse - March 23rd, 2:00pm
+ Q&A with investigative journalist Ryan Gallagher

Oxford - Phoenix Picturehouse - March 23rd, 5:45pm
+ Q&A with Director Kate Stonehill, Muhammad Rabbani, & Daniella Lock,
postdoctoral fellow at the Bonavero Institute for Human Rights, Oxford University
moderated by Jim Killock, Executive Director, Open Rights Group

Liverpool - Picturehouse @ FACT
- March 23rd, 5:30pm
+ Q&A with academic & author Dr. Rizwaan Sabir
moderated by Dr. Hannah Little, Open Rights Group

Brighton - Duke’s at Komedia Picturehouse - March 22nd, 6:00pm
+ Q&A with Director Kate Stonehill,
moderated by Sara Alsherif, Open Rights Group

London - Bertha DocHouse - March 22nd, 8:20pm

London - Bertha DocHouse - March 20th, 4:00pm

Cambridge - Arts Picturehouse - March 20th, 6:00pm
+ Q&A with Director Kate Stonehill & human rights activist Muhammad Rabbani
moderated by Pam Cowburn, Open Rights Group

London - Bertha DocHouse - March 19th, 8:10pm

London - Bertha DocHouse - March 17th, 4:00pm

New York - Cinema Village - March 17th, 9:10pm
SR Film Festival

Essex - Electric Palace - March 17th, 7:30pm
+ Q&A with Director Kate Stonehill & Editor Vera Simmonds,
moderated by journalist & podcaster Jen Offord


Bath - The Little Theatre Picturehouse - March 16th, 5:45pm
+ Q&A with Producer Steven Lake, moderated by Filmmaker Clair Titley

London - Bertha DocHouse - March 15th, 6:20pm
+ Q&A with Director Kate Stonehill & human rights activist Muhammad Rabbani
moderated by Dr. Manisha Ganguly, investigations correspondent, The Guardian

India International Centre - February 1 - Delhi, India

Karama Human Rights Film Festival - December 8th - Royal Cultural Center, Amman

Global Health Film Festival
- December 2nd - Wellcome Collection, London

Media Festival Skopje -
November 23rd - Cafe Kotur, Skopje

Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival - November 4, 16:00 - Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Human Rights Film Festival Berlin - October 18, 20:30 - SPUTNIK Kino am Südstern

Human Rights Film Festival Berlin -
October 12, 19:00 - ACUDkino


Zurich Film Festival -
October 5th - FRAME 5

Zurich Film Festival -
October 4th - FRAME 2

Zurich Film Festival
- October 3rd - FRAME 2


Bertha DocHouse -
September 21, 18:30 - Renoir Screen

DokuFest
- August 9, 20:00 - Sonar Cinema

DokuFest
- August 7, 15:00 - DokuKino

Galway Film Fleadh
- July 15, 22:30 - Pálás Screen 2

Sheffield Doc/Fest - June 17, 21:00 - Curzon, Screen 1

Sheffield Doc/Fest - June 15, 15:15 - The Light, Screen 9

CPH:DOX - March 19, 16:15 - Cinemateket Carl, + panel

CPH:DOX - March 22, 17:00 - Empire bio sal 2 

CPH:DOX - March 24, 21:30 - Grand Teatret sal 1

 




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Press

“★ ★ ★ ★”
- The Guardian

“Sheds light on the Orwellian technologies being used across borders to
repress activists, journalists, and others”

- The Nation 


Variety - Phantom Parrot Examines U.K.’s Intrusive Data-Collecting Policy Targeting Activists, Journalists
 


Deadline - Phantom Parrot’ Premiering At CPH:DOX Exposes U.K. Surveillance Program In Dark Detective Film


Declassified UK - Phantom Parrot: The Secret State’s Tool for Mass Intelligence Gathering


The Lancet - Storytelling and Debate at the 2023 Global Health Film Festival


Business Doc Europe - CPH DOX F:ACT Award: Phantom Parrot by Kate Stonehill


Cinemafemme - Kate Stonehill Talks Citizens’ Surveillance, Violations of Human Rights in Her Unsettling Debut Doc “Phantom Parrot”


Modern Times - Review: Phantom Parrot


Cineuropa - Review: Phantom Parrot





   
Film Team
Director
Kate Stonehill


Editors
Vera Simmonds
Emiliano Battista




Producer
Steven Lake


Co-Producers
Seemab Gul
Sorcha Bacon

Original Score
Nainita Desai


Cinematographers
Matt Bockelman
JP Lewis
Ronnie McQuillan
Kate Stonehill

Executive Producers
Alex Lieberman
Gary Lieberman
Sandra Whipham


Sales
Amanda Lebow- CAA

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