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The UK branch of Moving Docs is hosted by Scottish Documentary Institute.

Moving Docs a partnership founded for the joint distribution of documentaries across Europe.

As a new EDN initiative supported by Creative Europe, the aim of Moving Docs is to create innovative outreach strategies and provide opportunities for urban and rural European audiences to enjoy regular screenings of documentary films through a wide variety of media and platforms.

  • Upcoming sreenings

    A Good American in London
    September 23, 2016 to September 29, 2016 · £8.00 GBP
    Picturehouse Central in London, United Kingdom

    Screening daily at Picturehouse Central from 23 September for a week. Screening times  

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    A Good American in Oban
    Monday, October 03, 2016 at 06:30PM · £7.50 GBP
    Phoenix Cinema in Oban, United Kingdom
    A Good American in Stirling
    Friday, October 14, 2016 at 12:00PM · £6.95 GBP
    Macrobert Arts Centre Stirling in Stirling, United Kingdom

    Two screenings at Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling - 14 & 19 October - screening times to be confirmed.

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    A Good American in Belfast
    Friday, October 14, 2016 at 12:00PM · £6.70 GBP
    Queens Film Theatre in Belfast, United Kingdom

    Please note: screening time to be confirmed!

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    A Good American in Stirling
    Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 12:00PM · £6.95 GBP
    Macrobert Arts Centre Stirling in Stirling, United Kingdom

    Two screenings at Macrobert Arts Centre: 14 & 19 October - screenings times to be confirmed.

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    A Good American in Inverness
    Saturday, November 05, 2016 at 11:15AM · £7.50 GBP
    Eden Court in Inverness, United Kingdom
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  • News about Moving Docs and our films

    Meet the NSA whistleblower: Bill Binney's call to action

    At the UK premiere of A Good American at Take One Action Film Festival as part of Moving Docs, NSA analyst-turned-whistleblower Bill Binney made a strong case against mass surveillance and for the need to focus.

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    At war against the "totalitarian temptation"

    Bill Binney is not mincing his words. In a rallying battle cry against mass surveillance, the former NSA analyst tells an audience at the UK premiere of A Good American that we are basically at war. In every democracy across the world; in our very “hearts and minds”, a war “against the totalitarian temptation” is being waged.

    Perhaps because Binney is such a quiet, considered man, his words seem to carry extra weight. But it’s not just his solemnity that captures attention. Binney is not just a campaigner for civil liberties, speaking of principles and rights. He was on the inside – one of them. A high-level NSA analyst, technical director, and one of the best mathematicians the agency ever had, Bill Binney was their man for 32 years. And then, suddenly, he was their enemy.

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    A Good American tells the story of Binney’s life work, and his persecution by the government. Summarising the situation for the audience at the Take One Action Film Festival, Binney runs through every major terrorist attack in recent years. Madrid, Boston, 9/11, 7/7, Paris, Orlando, the list goes on. “All preventable”, he says, glumly; “all we needed was to watch the metadata.” Instead, the NSA dragged in all the content, swamping analysts with unmanageable volumes of information. They’re still doing it now – NSA, GCHQ, French security and others – trampling privacy and missing clues. It’s this that makes Binney so angry.

    Thankfully, he found someone who would tell his story.

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    Mass data collection stops terrorism – doesn't it?

    Fifteen years ago the world was still reeling from a terrorist attack on a scale previously unthinkable. The destruction of the twin towers in New York and the Pentagon attack on 11 September 2001 resulted in nearly 3,000 deaths and 6,000 injuries. Everybody old enough remembers watching the footage: smoke and ash billowing through Manhattan, people jumping from unimaginable heights, the second tower going down.

    In the wake of 9/11 came invasion and never-ending war; many, many more deaths than the event itself caused. The erosion of civil liberties and privacy, not just in the US but across the world, followed suit, as government surveillance expanded even further.

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    Dark times for data protection in Europe – has the UK lost the plot?

    The US government is vast. Its spying capabilities are vast too, and their precise nature – as well as what happens to you if you whistleblow about it – are the topics of upcoming film A Good American.

    But you can’t really talk about the NSA without talking eventually about GCHQ, the UK equivalent. The Snowden leaks in 2013 showed how closely the two countries had collaborated in developing mass surveillance programs aimed at their own populations; but just two days ago, further leaks showed that the ‘collect it all’ ethos which came to dominate the American agency originated in the English countryside.

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    Still from A Good American: NSA's Bad Aibling listening post (now BND)

    So in this third post on the issues raised in A Good American, we’re looking at the NSA’s friends in Britain, and how the UK’s current approach contrasts with developments in Europe. Three years since the first documents showing the extent of mass surveillance were leaked by Edward Snowden, even the US government has rolled back some of its spying, though not nearly far enough for many civil liberty advocates. The EU, meanwhile, has been getting tougher on companies sharing EU citizens’ data with the US.

    But in the UK, where privacy protections are already poor, the government is apparently determined to increase mass surveillance to unprecedented levels.

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