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Citizenfour

  • Starring: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald
  • Director: Laura Poitras
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Running Time: 114 min.

In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras was in the process of constructing a film about abuses of national security in post-9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four,” who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. [RADiUS-TWC]

"Adapting the cold language of data encryption to recount a dramatic saga of abuse of power and justified paranoia, Poitras brilliantly demonstrates that information is a weapon that cuts both ways."
- Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Poitras, an expert filmmaker as keyed into pace and mood as the topic they support, delivers a mesmerizing look at both how Snowden managed to release his information as well as why it all matters."
- Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
"Citizenfour is both an urgent tale torn from recent headlines and a compelling work of cinema, with all the paranoid density and abrupt changes of scenery of a John le Carré novel."
- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"Citizenfour is at its most eye-opening and essential simply as a portrait of the then 29-year-old Snowden at a point of absolute no-return in his life as he spends almost a week hiding out in Hong Kong before disappearing into an entirely new existence."
- Dave Calhoun, Time Out London
"CITIZENFOUR is an expertly crafted expose with unprecedented urgency."
- Matt Patches, HitFix

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