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Citizenfour (2014)

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A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.

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Laura Poitras
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Snowden ... Self
Glenn Greenwald ... Self
William Binney ... Self
Jacob Appelbaum ... Self
Ewen MacAskill ... Self
Jeremy Scahill ... Self
M. Margaret McKeown M. Margaret McKeown ... Self - Judge
Kevin Bankston Kevin Bankston ... Self - attorney representing Carolyn Jewel
Harry Pregerson Harry Pregerson ... Self - Judge
H. Thomas Byron H. Thomas Byron ... Self - Government Representative
Michael Daly Hawkins Michael Daly Hawkins ... Self - Judge
Jonathan Man Jonathan Man ... Self - Human Rights Lawyer
Robert Tibbo Robert Tibbo ... Self - Human Rights Lawyer (voice)
José Casado José Casado ... Self
Roberto Kaz Roberto Kaz ... Self (as Robert Kaz)
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Storyline

In January 2013, Laura Poitras started receiving anonymous encrypted e-mails from "CITIZENFOUR," who claimed to have evidence of illegal covert surveillance programs run by the NSA in collaboration with other intelligence agencies worldwide. Five months later, she and reporters Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill 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 resulting film is history unfolding before our eyes. Written by Anonymous

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Witness the event that changed history: The Edward Snowden revelations.


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As soon as Laura Poitras thought Edward Snowden was legit source in February 2013, she started using another computer, separate email addresses and only checking that email from locations that were away from her home because she wanted to maintain source protection. See more »

Goofs

One of the last title cards reads: "Edward Snowden's longtime partner, Lindsay Mills moves to Moscow to be with him", Snowden has stated in many interviews that Lindsay was his girlfriend not life partner. Now they are married. See more »

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TITLE CARD]: In September 2013, the European Parliament begins hearings to investigate NSA surveillance on EU citizens and companies
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everything changes from here
16 November 2014 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Edward Snowden went from obscurity to fame overnight when he blew the whistle on the NSA's massive espionage program in June 2013. Litigator-turned-reporter Glenn Greenwald got recognized as the person helping Snowden expose the story, along with The Guardian's Ewen MacAskill and The Washington Post's Barton Gellman. But while the world saw the footage of Snowden speaking in the hotel room in Hong Kong, there was another person in the room with him, Greenwald and MacAskill: Laura Poitras, who filmed the interview. "Citizenfour" (the name that Snowden used when he contacted Poitras) tells the story of the interview and international reaction to Snowden's revelations.

It took guts to film and release this documentary. I think that in the end, the main outcome of Snowden's revelations is that the US's and UK's reputations are ruined. The documentary includes footage of hearings on the surveillance in Brazil (whose president was a victim of the surveillance) and Belgium (the seat of the European Union, whose heads of state were victims). I suspect that the peoples of Eastern Europe are the most befuddled by the revelations. For years under the Soviet occupation they looked to the US as a beacon of freedom, and now they see that the US is no different from the USSR. The British government, meanwhile, comes across as a US proxy in Europe.

"Citizenfour" is a documentary that not only deserves a lot of recognition, but should spark more discussion about the surveillance apparatus. As for Edward Snowden, he remains in political asylum in Russia, and his partner Lindsay Mills has joined him there. Oliver Stone is now making a movie about his revelations. In the meantime, I recommend the documentary.


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English | Portuguese | German

Release Date:

28 November 2014 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$126,321, 26 October 2014

Gross USA:

$2,800,870

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,780,692
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