CITIZENFOUR – A film by Laura Poitras





Laura Poitras, 2014
USA/Germany | Format: DCP |

Special Presentation

World Premiere

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. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema:  a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes. Poitras is a great and brave filmmaker, but she is also a masterful storyteller: she compresses the many days of questioning, waiting, confirming, watching the world’s reaction and agonizing over the next move, into both a great character study of Snowden and a narrative that will leave you on the edge of your seat as it inexorably moves toward its conclusion. CITIZENFOUR is a major work on multiple levels, and a deeply unsettling experience.

Laura Poitras will discuss the film in one of our free HBO Directors Dialogues on October 11.

Laura Poitras

Laura Poitras


Citizenfour’ Trailer Released Ahead Of Laura Poitras’ Edward Snowden Film

Publicado el 10/10/2014

When National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden reached out to Laura Poitras in January 2013, the documentary filmmaker knew just what to do: Make a documentary.

She had recently won a MacArthur “Genius Grant” in 2012 and was already several years into making a film about surveillance in the post-9/11 era when Snowden contacted her under the name “citizen four.”

When she and Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong in June 2013, she brought her camera with her. The result is a film unlike anything done before. It’s world premiere is at the New York Film Festival Friday and will be in theaters October 24th




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