The intimate confinement of a small hotel room, one whistleblower, two journalists (blogger Glenn Greenwald and Guardian journalist Ewan MacAskill) and Poitras. Over eight nail-biting days, they carefully plot the release of Edward Snowden’s explosive revelations to the world. Both a protagonist and a witness of the NSA leak, the US filmmaker unveils some of the 40 hours of footage she shot in Hong Kong, sharing with the public some rare moments of history in the making in gripping, cinema verité style.
Citizenfour | Directed by Laura Poitras (Germany, USA 2014) documentary with Edward Snowden, Jacob Appelbaum, Julian Assange. Starts November 6.
Originally published in issue #132, November 2014.