When and Where:
Wednesday, January 31 at 7:00pm
at The Gallery Hall (across from the Nickle Galleries) in Taylor Family Digital Library
Shot below the radar, Complicit follows the journey of Chinese factory migrant worker-turned-activist Yi Yeting, who takes his fight against the global electronic industry from his hospital bed to the international stage. While battling his own work-induced leukemia, Yi Yeting teaches himself labour law in order to prepare a legal challenge against his former employers. But the struggle to defend the lives of millions of Chinese people from becoming terminally ill due to working conditions necessitates confrontation with some of the world’s largest brands including Apple and Samsung. Unfortunately, neither powerful businesses nor the government are willing to have such scandals exposed. [Synopsys from Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2017]
Some press Reviews for “Complicit”:
Complicit is a harrowing and powerful documentary that may be set in fast developing China, but it raises an ethical question that we should all consider: From the smartphones we swipe to the Fitbits we wear, what really happens along the supply chain? Directors Heather White and Lynn Zhang make audiences face the uncomfortable truth that there is a devastating human cost to the conveniences we enjoy on a daily basis.- Candice Tan; thereelword.net
The film explores the stories of numerous affected workers, many of whom were forced to migrate to manufacturing jobs far from home due to rural poverty […] Although not stated directly, the film’s brutal message is undeniable: ‘people are dying for your iPhone’. Unsurprisingly, these people are often among the millions that still live in poverty in China. Due to the country’s stark rural-urban economic divide, its migrant workforce is monumental and workers contribute to China’s new consumer capitalism, while also remaining left behind by it. – Jessica Duncanson; filmdoo.com
A film by Heather White and Lynn Zhang.
30 minutes of Q&A via Skype with director Heather White to follow the screening.
All seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early.
Free for students with ID and community by donation ($5.00 – $10.00 suggested)
All proceeds go towards the Campus Food Bank.