Citizenfour

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Winner of the 2014 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature. 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... read more
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Winner of the 2014 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature. 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.

Original Release

10/24/2014

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Cast

Edward Snowden Himself
Glenn Greenwald Himself
Julian Assange Himself
Jacob Appelbaum Himself
Kevin Bankston Himself, attorney representing Carolyn Jewel
William Binney Himself
Ewen MacAskill Himself
Lindsay Mills Herself
Laura Poitras Herself
Jeremy Scahill Himself
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Laura Poitras

Writers

Laura Poitras

Cast

Edward Snowden Himself
Glenn Greenwald Himself
Julian Assange Himself
Jacob Appelbaum Himself
Kevin Bankston Himself, attorney representing Carolyn Jewel
William Binney Himself
Ewen MacAskill Himself
Lindsay Mills Herself
Laura Poitras Herself
Jeremy Scahill Himself
Barack Obama Himself (archive footage)
Paul Johnson Himself
Nick Hopkins Himself
Marcel Bosonnet Himself - Lawyer
Ben Wizner Himself - ACLU Lawyer
Carsten Gericke Himself
Ladar Levison Himself - Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC
Rainer Staudhammer Himself
Roberto Kaz Himself (as Robert Kaz)
Julian Borger Himself - Editor, The Guardian

Producers

Steven Soderbergh Executive Producer
Jeff Skoll Executive Producer
Diane Weyermann Executive Producer
Tom Quinn Executive Producer
Sheila Nevins Executive Producer
David Menschel Executive Producer
Daniel Buresch Executive Producer
Mathilde Bonnefoy Producer
Dirk Wilutzky Producer
Laura Poitras Producer
Kirsten Johnson Producer
Katy Scoggin Producer
Sara Bernstein Producer
Barbara Biemann Producer
Daniel Buresch Producer
Brenda Coughlin Producer
Sonja Scheider Producer

Editors

Mathilde Bonnefoy

2015 Oscar Best Documentary, Feature Won
2015 Emmy Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking Won
2015 Emmy Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming Nominated
2015 Emmy Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming Nominated
2015 Emmy Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming Nominated
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