Citizenfour (2014)

In June 2013, Laura Poitras and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her.

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4 years ago


This has to be the most important film this year, if not at least the decade. Such an intimate character study of Edward Snowden. I was deeply affected by the end of the film, and connected with him on a personal level. A normal guy, one of us. Tears ran down my face when it ended at the world premiere with the Intercept team and Snowden's family in attendance, as these events changed my life and killed my apathy. Courage is contagious, and Laura Poitras shot a beautiful documentary that is sure to inspire people for years to come.

4 years ago


What's great is that it plays out in real time. Snowden met with the filmmakers leading up to and during the leaks. It shows what Snowden was thinking and going through as the media became aware, not just after the fact.

Aside from that, the documentary doesn't really point out anything about the leaks the media didn't already cover in 2013. It gives the earliest and unbias account of Snowden, as well as presents the facts in a concise manner, making it easy for someone to follow, even if they know nothing about the event. The filmmaker got lucky that Snowden picked her to help him tell this story, and Snowden got lucky the filmmaker he picked was such a qualified and understanding journalist.


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