Internet Activist Doc Bows February 20 from Music Box Films

Cover for "Black Code"Music Box Films will release the documentary Black Code (DVD: $19.95) on February 20. Directed and produced by Toronto-based filmmaker Nicholas de Pencier, the film investigates the complex global impact that the Internet has had on matters of citizenship, free speech, privacy, and activism. Based on Ronald Deibert’s 2013 book of the same name, Black Code delivers a startling report on how governments control and manipulate the Internet in order to censor and monitor their citizens. These stories about exiled Tibetan monks circumventing China’s surveillance apparatus, Syrian citizens tortured for Facebook posts, Brazilian activists using social media to distribute alternative news, and Pakistani online violence against women, offer firsthand evidence of the high-stakes consequences brought on by our unprecedented level of digital communication. Bonus features include a Human Rights Watch discussion with Deibert and Edward Snowden, and a Q&A with the filmmaker.