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? The film exposes the creators of this technology, how they work and who really benefits from their invention. We are the first generation to hand over to computers the control over our own freedom. But how much freedom are we prepared to give up for the promise of total security? PRE-CRIME is a wake up call for all of us. A science fiction scenario, both fascinating and scary, has arrived in our everyday life. Welcome to the real Minority Report.

Director: Monika Hielscher & Matthias Heeder
Camera: Sebastian Baumle
Additional Camera: Friede Clausz, Konrad Waldmann
Editor: Christoph Senn
Sound: Kai Hesselbarth, Sebastian Löffler, Caspar Müllers, Markus CM Schmidt
Producer: Stefan Kloos
Line Producer: Michaela Pňačeková
Production Crew: Tanja Bandmann (USA), Maris Salumets (UK), Jasmina Sijercic (F)
Music: John Gürtler, Jan Miserre, Lars Vogel
Sound Editing: Jörg Theil
Sound Design and Mixing: Markus Böhm
Colour Grading: Kay Dombrowski
Production: Kloos & Co. Medien Berlin
Co-production: WDR/ARTE
Supported by: FFA, Filmförderung Hamburg / Schleswig-Holstein, MDM, DFFF
Commissioning Editor: Sabine Rollberg (WDR/ARTE)

“Welcome to the Minority Report.” realscreen


“PRE-CRIME asks us to be skeptical of predictive databases used by police to identify „probable“ risks to our security.” Vice


“One of the buzzed-about documentaries at Hot Docs 2017.” Toronto Star


“A story more chilling than anything Tom Cruise has starred in if only because it’s real.” SALON


Documentary, Germany 2017 (85 min.)


Director: Monika Hielscher & Matthias Heeder
Production: Kloos & Co. Medien Berlin
Co-production: WDR/ARTE
Distribution Germany: Rise And Shine Cinema
World Sales: Rise And Shine World Sales


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Festivals (Selection):Hot Docs, Dok.Fest Munich, Against Gravity Warsaw, Kitzbühel Film Festival, Bergen International Film Festival, Zürich Film Festival, Hamburger Filmfest, Visioni dal Mondo, Fraud Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Margarete Mead