Oct 29 2014

Award Winning Film Maker Laura Poitras Shares an Intimate Portrait of Edward Snowden

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The FBI this week has reportedly raided the Northern Virginia home of a suspected federal contractor-turned-whistleblower who apparently leaked documents to reporters at The Intercept about the US government’s watchlist guidelines.

Laura Poitras is a founding editor of The Intercept, alongside award winning journalist Glenn Greenwald. She herself has been on a watchlist since the making of her films My Country, My Country, and The Oath about the US war in Iraq and the broader “Global War on Terror.” So it is only fitting that her third post-9/11 film about whistleblower Edward Snowden, entitled Citizenfour, focuses on the invisible war of mass surveillance against ordinary people.

The film, which opened in theaters last Friday, tells, in intimate detail, the story of how Poitras and Greenwald first met Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel room just over a year ago.

GUEST: Laura Poitras was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary for My Country, My Country, and her second film, The Oath, was nominated for 2 Emmys. Her journalism on NSA surveillance received a George Polk award for National Security Reporting, the Henri Nannen Prize for Services to Press Freedom, and contributed to the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service awarded to The Guardian and Washington Post. She is the recipient of a 2012 MacArthur Fellowship, and currently lives in Berlin. NOTE: Poitras asked not to be filmed for the interview.

Citizenfour is in theaters now.

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