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"Complicit" was filmed over 3 years in China?s electronics zones Shenzhen and Guangzhou with lush cinematography, hidden camera and unique access. The film takes the audience on an 8000-mile journey to the world?s electronics factory floors, revealing the situations under which China?s youth population has shifted by the millions in search of a better life.
Earnest teenagers arrive young and healthy from the countryside, only to be discarded by a broken system after suffering debilitating accidents, or diagnosed with leukemia from exposure to benzene – a solvent commonly used in polishing cell phone and iPad screens. The main characters in the film are young workers, many of them teenagers from China’s electric factories who are struggling to get compensation having been injured by faulty machinery or poisoned by leukemia-causing chemicals they handled at work.
The protagonist Yi Yeting is a former migrant worker struggling to survive occupational leukemia. Deciding to work on the cases of several teenagers who worked on smartphones he brings his fight against benzene from his hospital room to Silicon Valley and the international stage.
On March 20th we will host the filmscreening at the University of Zurich. After the screening we will have the opportunity to have a discussion with the Director Heather White and with the co- producers Dwayne Menezes and Danielle Turkov.