Phantom Parrot

85 minutes | Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States | 2023


A human rights activist is prosecuted under terror laws for refusing to hand over the passwords to his electronic devices during a border stop, unveiling unsettling questions about the rule of law, modern espionage and digital privacy.

Director Bio:

Kate Stonehill is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work explores power and citizenship in the digital age. Her recent short films include The Family Statement (2022) for Field of Vision and the Grierson award nominated Mother (BFI London Film Festival 2020). Her films have been supported by the Catapult Film Fund, Tribeca Film Institute, and BFI Doc/Society, and she is a recipient of the Logan Nonfiction Fellowship (2020). As a cinematographer, Kate has worked for broadcasters including VICE and Amazon Studios, and shot a number of short documentaries for Channel 4 News. Films she has directed have screened online, at festivals and at public art institutions including DOC NYC, Sheffield Doc/Fest, and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.