Still from Complicit
Still from Complicit


by Lynn Zhang & Heather White
A structurally damning and captivating exposé of China’s electronics industry, where teenaged laborers suffer chemical poisoning while making Apple gadgets.
2017  ·  1h29m  ·  Hong Kong S.A.R., China, United States
English, Mandarin
English subs
About the Film
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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Festivals and Awards
TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival), Official Selection
Paris Human Rights Film Festival, Winner, Grand Jury Prize
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, Official Selection
In the Press
Christopher Seward
Heather White
Sun Shaoguang
Soundtrack Composer
Freddi Bryant
Christopher Seward
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