November

Total Trust

Jialing Zhang

Total Trust takes a visceral look at digital control in China where unprecedented levels of state surveillance prevail through trust, fear, obedience and resistance. It aims to explore the changes of social behaviors caused by an all-seeing society and finds its lasting power in the people who are fighting against the abuse of state power. 

In recent years, the Chinese government has felt its control threatened as activism and public outrage increase over a slowing economy and growing social issues. To counteract these events, China has started extending a sophisticated digital system across the country. Aimed at tracking and monitoring citizens, collecting, analyzing their data and categorizing behaviors as either punishable or commendable, this system hopes to predict political resistance within society before it happens. And since COVID the pandemic is abused to install a gapless digital control net. The citizens are monitored 24/7 as never imagined before.  

We learn how this complex digital monitoring works through the people living under this surveillance – from ordinary people to people who have been particularly targeted by the government because of their critical thinking. Like lawyers and journalists. 

Credits

Director
Jialing Zhang
Type
Documentary
Country
China
Year
2023
Duration
97 minutes
Spoken language
Chinese (Mandarin)
Subtitles
EN / NL
*Theatres with in-depth programme and subtitles in English

Theatres, dates and times (will be updated when known)

Alkmaar
Tue 14 Nov at 18:45 in Filmhuis Alkmaar
Amersfoort
Mon 13 Nov at 20:15 in De Lieve Vrouw
Amsterdam
Wed 29 Nov at 19:30 in Kriterion*
Amsterdam
Tue 28 Nov at 19:00 in Rialto VU*
Apeldoorn
Tue 28 Nov at 20:00 in Gigant
Arnhem
Wed 22 Nov at 19:00 in Focus Filmtheater
Breda
Sun 19 Nov at 16:00 in Filmhuis Breda
Delft
Thu 16 Nov at 20:30 in Filmhuis Lumen
Den Haag
Sun 12 Nov at 15:00 in Filmhuis Den Haag*
Deventer
Mon 27 Nov at 20:00 in MIMIK
Gouda
Wed 1 Nov at 20:00 in Filmhuis Gouda
Groningen
Tue 14 Nov at 20:30 in VERA Zienema*
Hilversum
Tue 14 Nov at 19:00 in Filmtheater Hilversum
Leiden
Mon 13 Nov at 19:00 in Kijkhuis*
Middelburg
Mon 13 Nov at 20:00 in Cinema Middelburg*
Schiedam
Tue 21 Nov at 20:00 in Wenneker Cinema
Utrecht
Mon 13 Nov at 18:45 in Louis Hartlooper Complex*
Wageningen
Tue 21 Nov at 20:00 in Movie W*