Filmmaker Laura Poitras' extraordinary film documents the saga of Edward Snowden and his disclosure of the NSA's global surveillance programs—from ground zero. Poitras was with Snowden, and filming, when he released the information from a Hong Kong hotel room in 2013. Whether you think Snowden is a hero or a traitor, Citizenfour insists that you see him as a person—emailing with his girlfriend who he may never see again, losing weight rapidly as the stress and anxiety take their toll. You can read a shelf full of books on Snowden, but none will provide the human element captured here. The story's jigsaw puzzle pieces are expertly clicked into place so that by the end we've been given an invaluable insider perspective on the saga, and a pretty decent primer on the larger issues at play concerning technology, privacy and public policy. If you see the film with a friend, consider blocking out a few hours of time afterward, for discussion. It's the kind of movie you'll want to talk about.
Official Site: citizenfourfilm.com
Director: Laura Poitras
Producer: Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky
Cast: Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald
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