Heather White is a first-time documentary director. She is the founder and former Executive Director of Verité, an award-winning non-profit organization recognized for its groundbreaking leadership in the areas of global supply chain monitoring and factory social audits.
“Complicit” will premiere at the 2017 Human Rights Watch Film Festival today, June 12. The film was co-directed by Lynn Zhang.
W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.
HW: “Complicit” follows Yi YeTing, a migrant worker struggling with occupational leukemia who’s trying to obtain compensation from his employer.
Wanting to help others, he begins working for a non-profit that assists workers with occupational illness and injuries. He discovers there are dozens of workers in his local area who were poisoned while making smartphones, constituting a leukemia cluster in the neighborhood surrounding Appleʼs main supplier, Foxconn. Yiʼs research leads him to several workers and their families who are trying to …