Citizenfour © Front Row Ent.
Citizenfour © Front Row Ent.
Edward Snowden and his girlfriend Lindsay Mills in Russia
Monday, 26 September, at 08:00 p.m.
Germany / USA / Great Britain 2014, 113 min. – Eng. ST
Director: Laura Poitras
Screenplay: Laura Poitras (Konzept)
Director of photography: Katy Scoggin, Laura Poitras, Kirsten Johnson, Trevor Paglen
Editing: Mathilde Bonnefoy
Music: Nine Inch Nails (Cleveland)
Genre: Documentary / Biography / History

Academy Awards, USA 2015: Won Oscar Best Documentary Feature, Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky
German Film Award 2015: Lola, Best Documentary Film
DOK Leipzig 2014: Film Prize "Leipziger Ring"

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.

Director: Laura Poitras
Laura Poitras (*1964) started her studies at San Francisco Art Institute. Always of a political nature, her documentaries criticize the prevailing state in her home country the USA. The Oscar awarded documentary “Citizenfour” is after “My Country, my Country” and “The Oath” the third part of a trilogy about the US-lead “War on Terror” and his affects and consequences. Together with Glenn Greenwald she was one of the first to get in touch with the whistleblower Edward Snowden. She filmed and interviewed him in his secret hideout in Hong Kong; those interviews are at the core of the movie. Her work is of utmost important and influence, so much that the ruling class is afraid of her work. As a consequence, she is treated as a terror suspect in the USA.