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Citizenfour

Year
2014
Country
USA, Germany
Duration
114'’
Director
Laura Poitras

This real-life thriller, unfolding by the minute, gives audiences unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency. The documentary not only shows the dangers of governmental surveillance — it makes you feel them. After seeing the film, you will never think the same way about your phone, email, credit card, web browser, or profile, ever again.

Production and Sales
Praxis Films Berlin, dw@praxisfilms.org
Awards
(Selected): 2015 – Oscar for Best Documentary, Feature at Academy Awards, USA; 2015 – Best Documentary at BAFTA Awards; 2015 – Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary at the Directors Guild of America, USA; 2015 - ALFS Award for Documentary of the Year at the London Critics Circle Film Awards; 2015 - Best Non-Fiction Film at the National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA; 2015 - Filmmakers Who Make a Difference Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival; 2014 – Best Documentary at the Gotham Awards
Director
Laura Poitras

Laura Poitras is a documentary filmmaker, journalist, and artist. Her films have premiered at festivals worldwide and, along with her journalism, have received multiple honors including a Peabody Award, as well as Academy Award® and Emmy nominations. She has taught filmmaking at Duke and Yale Universities. Her work was selected for the 2012 Whitney Biennial and she will have her first solo museum exhibition at the Whitney Museum in 2016. Along with Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill, she is a co-founder of The Intercept news site.

Filmography

Flag Wars (2003), My Country, My Country (2006), The Oath (2010), O’Say Can You See (2011), Death of a Prisoner (2013)

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