Past screening

Phantom Parrot

Directed by: Kate Stonehill
Runtime: 1h 25min Certificate: 12A


Directed by: Kate Stonehill
Runtime: 1h 25min Certificate: 12A
Topics: Sociopolitical
Last Screened: Mon 1st Apr 2024

When a human rights activist, returning home to the UK, refuses to give border police access to his electronic devices, he is arrested and prosecuted under British Anti-Terror laws that came into force 20 years ago.

Following the journey that led Muhammad Rabbani (Director of human rights organisation CAGE) to that airport interrogation room, and the subsequent case against him, Phantom Parrot unravels a secret British government surveillance programme designed to copy the personal data of individuals at airports and border crossings.

From there, the dominoes start falling in all directions in a dark detective film about technology, surveillance and structural racism in a time where knowledge might still equal power but where data is even better. Director Kate Stonehill has crafted a razor-sharp analysis that unveils unsettling questions about the rule of law, modern espionage and digital privacy.

The screening on on Fri 15 Mar will be followed by a Q&A with director Kate Stonehill and Muhammad Rabbani, hosted by Dr Manisha Ganguly.

Dr Manisha Ganguly is an award-winning investigations correspondent at The Guardian, specialising in international conflict, and human rights violations involving technology. She is a judge for the Documentary Emmy® Awards, a Forbes Under 30 media honouree, and a two-time Amnesty Award winner.