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The 15th International Festival
Signes de Nuit
Lisbonne

23 November - 3 December, 2017

Universidad De Lisboa
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International Competition
Documentary
# 6
Saturday, November 25, 2017 / 10 am
Universidade de Lisboa
Lisbonne

 

A Good American
A good american

Friedrich Moser
Autriche
2017 / 1:40:00

A Good American tells the story of the best code-breaker the USA ever had and how he and a small team within NSA created a surveillance tool that could pick up any electronic signal on earth, filter it for targets and render results in real-time while keeping the privacy as demanded by the US constitution. The tool was perfect - except for one thing: it was way too cheap. Therefor NSA leadership, who had fallen into the hands of industry, dumped it - three weeks prior to 9/11. In a secret test-run of the program against the pre-9/11-NSA database in early 2002 the program immediately found the terrorists. This is the story of former Technical director of NSA, Bill Binney, and a program called ThinThread.
In other words: It's a documentary about the the possibility to avoid the attacks of 11 Sepember on the Twin Towers and why it hadn't been applicated. It's a film about a small group of specialist, working for the USA, who got declared and attacked as enemies of the state, when they started inform the parlament and the public, was is going along inside the NSA. It's a film about worldwide obseravtion systems and what they effectly observe. It's a film about the border line situation of democracy and western civilisations based of individual choice and souveranity and their programed disparation... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




November 23 - December 3, 2017

An international jury overview the sections of short films coming from all over the world. We prefer documentaries which succeed in representing the complexity of reality and discover in a new way its sensible and perturbing aspects on the same time accentuating the ambivalent and enigmatic status of reality in avoiding sterotypes and simplifing conclusions.



 

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