Germany, 2017 | 85 Minutes | A film by Monika Hielscher & Matthias Heeder

What if the murder of tomorrow could be prevented today?


    To predict a future crime scene and to prevent a murder seems like something from a sci-fi movie. It is, but it’s also real – and happening right now. To make this possible, powerful computers and omnipresent cameras capture data from all sources, which is then evaluated and analyzed with the help of algorithms. At the same time, we, the citizens are transformed into carriers of recorded data – our every move, message and purchase tracked and mapped. Ratings of how likely we are to commit a crime are attached to our personae. Computers spit out lists of tomorrow´s criminals. But what if it´s you who ends up on this list? What if the data is wrong? Or biased?? How can we be guilty of things we haven’t done?

    PRE-CRIME travels to Chicago, London, Paris, Berlin, Munich and other places to show predictive policing techniques in action, to investigate their opportunities and dangers and to meet people who use them and those who have been victims of them. Who is – and who isn’t – protected by the algorithm?


    Monika Hielscher and Matthias Heeder have been making documentary films together for more than 20 years. Their primary focus is on investigative documentaries with strong story-telling; their body of work includes theatrical and TV docs for ARD, ZDF, ARTE and others. They are based in Hamburg, Germany.


    Monika Hielscher & Matthias Heeder

    Sebastian Bäumler

    Additional Cinematography
    Friede Clausz
    Konrad Waldmann

    Christoph Senn

    Kai Hesselbarth
    Sebastian Löffler
    Caspar Müllers
    Markus CM Schmidt

    Stefan Kloos

    Production Manager
    Michaela Pňačeková

    Production Crew
    Tanja Bandmann (USA)
    Maris Salumets (UK)
    Jasmina Sijercic (F)

    John Gürtler
    Jan Miserre
    Lars Voges

    Sound Editor
    Jörg Theil

    Sound Design & Re-Recording Mixing
    Markus Böhm

    Colour Grading
    Kay Dombrowski

    Kloos & Co. Medien

    Commissioning Editor WDR/ARTE
    Sabine Rollberg

    World Sales
    Rise and Shine World Sales


    Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein
    Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung
    Deutscher Filmförderfonds


    World Premiere
    Hot Docs International Documentary Festival 2017, Toronto, Canada

    German Premiere
    DOK.fest München Internationales Dokumentarfilmfestival 2017, Germany

    Further Festivals (Selection)
    Millenium Docs Against Gravity Filmfestival 2017, Warsaw, Poland
    Bergen International Festival 2017, Norway
    Filmfestival Kitzbühel 2017, Austria
    Zürich Film Festival 2017, Switzerland
    Nuremberg International Human Rights Festival 2017, Germany
    Filmfest Hamburg 2017, Germany
    Fraud Film Festival, Amsterdam 2017, The Netherlands
    Kasseler Dokumentarfilm- & Videofest 2017, Germany
    Verzio Film Festival 2017, Budapest, Hungary
    InScience Dutch International Science Film Festival 2017, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
    Beat Film Festival 2017, Moscow, Russia
    Margaret Mead Film Festival 2017, New York, USA
    Chicago International Film Festival 2017, USA
    Visioni dal Mondo, Immagini dalla Realtà 2017, Milan, Italy
    Sehpferdchen – Filmfest für die Generationen 2018, Hannover and Braunschweig