This documentary questions New Zealand’s involvement in the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence alliance. The examination of contemporary intelligence gathering takes in NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, entrepreneur-in-exile Kim Dotcom, and NZ Prime Minister John Key. It is framed around the 2008 sabotage of a Blenheim spy station by a priest, a teacher and a farmer: the 'Waihopai three' cut open a plastic dome protecting a satellite dish, in protest at the base’s role in the US-led 'War on Terror'. Directors Errol Wright and Abi King-Jones made 2011 terror raids documentary Operation 8.
E-mails, text messages, meta data, calling records … when these things are collected, by any arm of government, that is a violation of human rights that are inherent to our nature.– Edward Snowden
World premiere on 23 July 2016 at Wellington's Paramount Theatre as part of the Wellington arm of the New Zealand International Film Festival.
Further festival screenings followed in Wellington and other cities