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Overlooked & Underrated Docs & Features (click on broll or dschwartz for all his posts)
Deep Web: Freedom and Repression in the Cyber World
Written, produced, and directed by prolific filmmaker Alex Winter, “
” is a brief introduction to the Internet’s underground—the deep web and the dark web. The film then focuses on the legal case of
Ross William Ulbricht
who was arrested, tried, and convicted of a variety of federal laws. Ulbricht’s case received wide publicity which appears to have been one of the goals of our federal government.
Ulbricht was identified as someone deeply involved with the ‘Silk Road,’ an online commercial enterprise which hosted the selling and purchasing of illicit products including drugs. Winter tells Ulbricht’s story up to and beyond his imprisonment. As presented in this film, Ulbricht’s trial occurred in a kangaroo court—several crucial rulings having to do with evidence and witnesses went against Ulbricht’s defense. The jury heard the prosecution’s case, but not the defense’s.
From beginning to end “
” is thought-provoking and emotionally charged. At stake are issues of freedom, democracy, security, public health, justice, oppression, cyber technology, and the massively destructive ‘War On Drugs.’
The Kino Lorber DVD includes four special features entitled Bitcoin, Tor, Surveillance, and an audio commentary by Winter.
D. Schwartz October 20, 2016