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  • Director: Laura Poitras
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 97 min.

Showtime Documentary Films will release RISK, the latest documentary from Academy Award winner Laura Poitras (CITIZENFOUR). Filmed over six years including through the 2016 presidential election and up to the present moment, RISK takes viewers closer than they have ever been before to Julian Assange and those who surround him. With unprecedented access, Poitras give us the WikiLeaks story from the inside, allowing viewers to understand our current era of massive leaks, headline-grabbing news, and the revolutionary impact of the internet on global politics. RISK is a portrait of power, principles, betrayal, and sacrifice when the stakes could not be any higher. It is a first-person geopolitical thriller told from the perspective of a filmmaker immersed in the worlds of state surveillance and the cypherpunk movement. RISK confirms Poitras’ directorial ability to record history as it unfolds on camera, and craft narratives at the highest level.

"A superb character study of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. "
- John Bleasdale, CineVue
"Risk doesn’t burnish the Assange myth – it injects you into the bloodstream of the Assange story."
- Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
"Laura Poitras has done it again. Much like the celebrated Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour, “Risk” is instilled with a sense of immediate urgency as an apprehensive cloud hovers over every action, every word, every wayward glance. "
- Nikola Grozdanovic, The Playlist
"Assange’s calm intelligence and unwavering political activism, along with the courageous outspokenness of other members of his team who include Sarah Harrison and Jacob Appelbaum, will inspire and hearten the kinds of audiences who embraced Poitras’ Academy Award-winning portrait of Edward Snowden, Citizenfour."
- Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter