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Amazing documentary about an under-represented topic!,
This review is from: Every Step You Take [DVD] (DVD)I have been living in Britain half of my life, but this film certainly has opened my eyes to the incredible amount of video surveillance cameras all around us!
Before this film, I was totally in line with the government's attitude on fighting crime, but now my views have changed considerably:
In an incredibly informative way, this film uncovers details about the CCTV-invasion of our privacy, and not only that, it proves its total ineffectiveness in fighting crime and terrorism. Some juicy under-cover operations the filmmakers went through prove how the police and the local governments just don't care about the safety of its citizens, and how in fact many CCTV operatives prefer spying on people instead: e.g., women changing their clothes (filmed through their appartement windows), or even couples having sex in their cars.
Now it is just beyond me how the government can still invest in this totally ineffective way of acting against crime. Imagine, 3/4 of the entire UK crime prevention budget is spent on cameras!!! And the operating costs have to be covered by the communities themselves. We are also shown that hardly any crime is solved due to the cameras - the pictures are in most cases only good enough to make the front page of next day's tabloid to ask, "Have you seen this offender?" And of course, it's so blurry you cannot make out anything. But the newspaper sells better - and people get the feeling of something being done to protect them from crime ...
... enough said, you have to see this film for yourself!!! You won't regret buying this DVD.
It also includes some great teaching material about surveillance, especially for grammar school students. It's been drafted by language publisher Langenscheidt, so this is good stuff ... already gave it to my daughter's English teacher :-)
This DVD is a MUST-SEE! Especially if you care about the state of democracy in the western world.
An insightful, compelling look at those who watch us all day and night.