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// Films // Complicit


Lynn Zhang & Heather White / China - United States - Hong Kong S.A.R., China / 2017 / 89 ' / Mandarin - English / S.T. English


Christopher Seward
Christopher Seward
Sun Shaoguang
Freddi Bryant
Heather White

Awards & Festivals

Official Selection, TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival)
Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Paris Human Rights Film Festival
Official Selection, Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Budapest
Official Selection, Life After Oil Film Festival, Sardinia Italy
Official Selection, San Francisco Green Film Festival
Official Selection, San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, DocFest, San Francisco
Official Selection, Human Rights Nights Film Festival, Bologna, Italy
Official Selection, Addis International Film Festival, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Official Selection, Documentary Edge Film Festival Wellington, New Zealand
Official Selection, Docudays Ukraine International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

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A structurally damning and captivating exposé of China’s electronics industry, where teenaged laborers suffer chemical poisoning while making Apple gadgets.


Complicit was filmed over 3 years in China’s electronics zones Shenzhen and Guangzhou with lush cinematography 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.

COMPLICIT gathers interviews and clandestine footage to shine a light on the human cost of electronics manufacturing and global outsourcing. The gut-wrenching account follows Yi Yeting, migrant worker and activist, after he is diagnosed with leukemia caused by benzene poisoning, a toxic component of the smartphone manufacturing process, used by companies such as Apple or Samsung.

Yi Yeting takes action to defend the lives of millions of other Chinese workers, fighting for changes in workplace health and safety laws. The directors take us on an 8 000 mile journey from Yeting's hospital room to the Silicon Valley, where he confronts corporate and government interests. Despite encountering relentless resistance, Yi Yeting gives strength and inspiration to those around him, as he calls us to action in this shattering documentary.


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