PRE-CRIME

By Monika HIELSCHER, Matthias HEEDER

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Documentary - Completed 2017

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?

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Zurich FF 2017
Border Lines
Hot Docs 2017
Hot Docs Special Presentations
DokFest Munich 2017
Millenium Films Against Gravity 2017
Kitzbühel IFF 2017
Bergen IFF 2017
    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Social issues
    • Countries
    • GERMANY
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, GERMAN, FRENCH
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Monika HIELSCHER, Matthias HEEDER
    • Producer(s)
    • Stefan KLOOS (Kloos & Co.Medien)
    • Synopsis
    • To predict a future crime scene and to prevent a murder seems like something from a sci-fi 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?
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