Freedom Downtime (2001)

Unrated  |   |  Documentary, Adventure  |  22 September 2001 (USA)
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A feature length documentary about the Free Kevin movement and the hacker world.


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Ed Cummings ...
Himself (as Bernie S.)
Robert Darlington ...
Alexis Kasperavicius ...
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Tsutomu Shimomura ...
Himself (archive footage)
Jeffrey Stanton ...
Himself (as Cellularguy)
Bruce Sterling ...
Deth Veggie ...


Computer hackers are being portrayed as the newest brand of terrorists. This is a story of a hacker named Kevin Mitnick, imprisoned without bail for nearly five years. Freedom Downtime tries to uncover the reasons why the authorities are so scared of Mitnick as well as define what exactly he did. Surprisingly, no real evidence is ever presented by the authorities to back up the sensationalist claims in mass media. But when a Hollywood studio decides to make a movie about Mitnick's life through the eyes of one of his accusers, hackers turn to activism to get their message out. Through interviews with relatives, friends, lawyers, and experts in the computer and civil liberties arena, a picture of a great injustice becomes apparent. A cross-country journey uncovers some realities of the hacker culture as well as the sobering fact that so many technically young adept people are being imprisoned. Written by Anonymous

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A deeply upsetting look into human rights abuse in the US.
14 January 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Freedom Downtime is an eloquent and thought provoking documentary about the disgusting abuse of power in the United States. Kevin Mitnik's life was destroyed by the "justice" system. This film documents the campaign to free him, and provides a fascinating insight into the hacker world. You will laugh, you will cry, you will want to take up arms against the state...

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