By Heather WHITE, Lynn ZHANG

JAVA FILMS - as SALES All rights, Other(World excluding USA, Canada, Ireland)

Social issues - Completed 2017

& Awards

FIFDH Paris 2017
Winner of the Grand Prize
Festival del Cinema dei Diritti Umani di Napoli 2017
Special mention in the category "Human Rights Documentary"
DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2017
Nominated in the category for the "Best female-directed film"
Melbourne Indie Film Festival 2017
FIFDH Geneva 2017
    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Social issues, Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Director(s)
    • Heather WHITE, Lynn ZHANG
    • Producer(s)
    • Heather WHITE (Heather White productions)
    • Synopsis
    • China produces 90% of the world’s consumer electronics. According to official figures, every five hours, a worker is poisoned by the toxic chemicals used to make these products. But the real figure is believed to be much higher.

      Shot below the radar over three years, Complicit follows Chinese worker-turned-activist, Yi Yeting, and a group of other worker-activists fighting to improve conditions in the factories. While battling his own work-induced leukemia, Yi Yeting teaches himself labour law in order to prepare a legal challenge against his former employers. He then forms a law co-operative to defend and educate other sick workers.

      As well as taking on corrupt officials, the activists infiltrate factories making products for some of the world’s largest brands to secure proof of dangerous working conditions.