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State of Control


State of Control is a bold feature-length documentary that follows two American filmmakers as they travel undercover documenting Tibetan activists' human rights struggle against the Chinese government's police state. The filmmakers' journey takes them through India and Nepal and into the most remote and conflicted regions of Tibet during a full-scale media shutdown. A dangerous cat-and-mouse game unfolds as secret police maintain 24-hour surveillance of the filmmakers. All their moves are followed, leading to hotel break-ins, equipment theft, and cyber-hacking and spying. Working with leading cyber security experts, the filmmakers realize they are but one small piece of a global cyber crime wave that has impacted Google, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, a number of Fortune 100 companies, and even the White House. Official Film Website

“[The film] should be a wake-up call to all Americans and especially those in the media and entertainment industries. Nobody is off-limits.”—The directors of State of Control, The Hollywood Reporter


Steven G. Kaplan
Adam Jarret
Christian Johnston
Darren Mann
Erika Rand
Executive Producers
Mary Akhlaghpour
Denise Bohdan
Russell Long
Stephen Nemeth
Ted Lilley
Claire Barnhoorn
Tenzin Seldon
Associate Producers
Abhishek Madhukar
Tara Hunnewell
Marci Michelle
Miklos Wright
Written, Photographed, and Directed by
Christian Johnston
Darren Mann
The Dalai Lama
Tenzin Tsundue
Lhamo Tso
Gyalston Sandup
Tenzin Seldon
Gordon Chang
Jigme Ugen
Total Running Time
90 minutes

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  • 8.31.16Attend the closed debut screening of State of Control. See the trailer here. For attendance information contact Cristiane Roget or Shelby Knick.
  • 10.2.13State of Control screens at the Woodstock Film Festival. The festival is held October 2-6, 2013. Click here for more information.
  • 9.11.13State of Control screens at the Docuwest Film Festival. The festival is held September 11-15, 2013. Click here for more information.
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