Alex Gibney explores the charged issue of pedophilia in the Catholic Church, following a trail from the first known protest against clerical sexual abuse in the United States and all the way to the Vatican.
In this documentary about the trials and tribulations of Julian Assange and Bradley Manning (the latter now a woman): everything about Manning is concise and brilliantly put together, with his text coming through in his conversations and confessionals (mostly to the hacker who ratted him out), and the actual story of Assange with the escalation of Wikileaks and all those many documents and videos is fascinating to watch, raising good questions about the nature of information and classified info in the digital age (and despite everything Assange has no charges against him from the US).
If I have a criticism there was just a bit too much information on the sex case - not so much the press reaction, which by Assanges one doing in part, ended up connecting to Wikileaks as a struggle itself - mostly with a supposedly incognito interview with one of the accusers in the case (which I didn't think was just shot very well whether to preserve her identity or not). It's needed there as some part of the story, but it felt too padded out in that section when really the main focus and what Gibney as a storyteller gets the best material is how these two men communicated.
That's where thematically you see this story still playing out with much harsher terms with Snowden, a kind of logical extension of the likes of Manning and Assange, who had their own problems relating to the world and used the many-tentacled beast known as the world wide web to reach out to people for various reasons ("hey, all info should be out there" to "I... care?") It's very good stuff that I wish was a masterpiece, but if you want to know about this whole story and never knew exactly all the key details, look no further.
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