UK Surveillance State: A Short Film

Hi everyone,

I wanted to share with you my latest project. It’s a short run-and-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

(Indirect link to video via invidious: https://invidio.us/watch?v=f6WCS3ZF5mw)

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Great video, @borja! I announced on Mastodon, here: https://mastodon.social/@humanetech/103958139836925344

For those who want an indirect link to the video, via Invidious, see:

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Thanks @aschrijver! I’m glad you liked it.