Saturday 26 March – Surveillance Film Festival continues

Saturday’s schedule includes both Kathleen Kuehn and Nicky Hager joining us at different times to help discuss surveillance.

Saturday’s schedule is:
11:00 am – The Program (8mins) and ABC Secret Room (9mins) – Nicky Hager will be present for a talk after these two short films
12:30 pm – Operation 8 (110mins)
3:00 pm – Every Step You Take (65mins) – followed by a chat with Kathleen Kuehn about the ubiquitousness of surveillance
5:30 pm – Maintenance of Silence (20mins)
7:00 pm – The Lives of Others (137mins)

The Program and ABC News, Secret Room (2012 & 2008)
William Binney and Mark Klein are names that should be familiar. They are whistleblowers who spoke about mass surveillance prior to Snowden’s revelations. The info was out there for us, but so many chose not to listen. Why didn’t we want to know about the surveillance then? Why are we already ignoring Snowden’s revelations?

Operation 8: Deep in the Forest (2011) 110mins
Eight years ago in October dawn raids woke many people, people were briefly jailed and allegations of terrorism were thrown about based on evidence gained by surveillance. This country has a long history of surveillance, see how it was used in this most public case to hinder and control people and think about what is happening now.

Every Step You Take (2007) 65mins
CCTV and face recognition are examples of surveillance to keep people safe. Ten years ago the technology shocked, now it is old. How quick does it all change and how accepting do we become?

Maintenance of Silence (1985) 20mins
Awareness of surveillance seemed to be more common a few decades ago. Tens of thousands protested against the expansion of police and SIS powers, later the Wanganui Computer was bombed. Then Neil Roberts left the quote from Junta Tuitiva of La Paz, ‘We have maintained a silence closely resembling stupidity’. What does our silence now resemble?

The Lives of Others (2006) 137mins
Surveillance and oppression on the other side of the iron curtain has been a favourite subject for a lot of films. But how different is that past from the future here?