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UK Surveillance State: A Short Documentary

Hi everyone,

I wanted to share with you my latest project. It's a short run'n'gun documentary.

During 2019 and 2020 I closely followed UK police forces—especially in London and Cardiff. I witnessed at least 5 or 6 live facial recognition deployments by the Metropolitan police (London) and South Wales police (Cardiff).

The first thing I noticed in these deployments is how the UK police forces target certain people—especially racial minorities. Which is extremely worrying. But after you deeply analyze their modus operandi, the threat of their surveillance goes much further than the already grave threat of racial profiling: it is the beginning of a state of surveillance and a roll-back on human rights and fundamental freedoms.

This film is not perfectly shot. I wish I had access to more gear. But the police's notice time of these facial recognition deployments was so short that I couldn't pick any gear at all. I'm glad that I'm always carrying my camera with me!

I've put a lot of effort and care into this film. I hope you enjoy it.

Any feedback is welcomed.

Here's a short clip of the film: https://twitter.com/iamBorjaMoya/status/1246721750852870144

You can watch the entire film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6WCS3ZF5mw

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    joplin
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    Thank you for doing this. We are having a similar problem here in the states. It's been talked about a little in the press but I'd love to see this style of documentary show what's actually happening.

    Thank you for doing this. We are having a similar problem here in the states. It's been talked about a little in the press but I'd love to see this style of documentary show what's actually happening.

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    1. borja
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      Thank you @joplin. I'm already working on another documentary about this that involves the US (and many other countries)--it's about data colonialism and states of emergency. You're absolutely...

      Thank you @joplin. I'm already working on another documentary about this that involves the US (and many other countries)--it's about data colonialism and states of emergency.

      You're absolutely right, we need more documentaries, movies and anything that engages people visually to communicate all the stuff that happens behind the scenes.

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