The right to privacy

10 minutes

Published in association with
Scottish Documentary Institute
an Aeon Partner

The curious case of a man, his bike and their odd act in a hotel room

In 2007, a man arrived at a small-town hostel in Scotland with a bike and took to his room. Later, after he failed to respond to several knocks on his door, two cleaning ladies discovered him engaged in an act that landed in gray areas of legality and decency, and challenged the definition of the phrase ‘bike enthusiast’. Crafted with equal doses of humour and compassion, The Right to Privacy chronicles this bizarre true story, and makes the compelling case that standing up for human rights ought to be an inclusive endeavour.

Director: Alice Nelson

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