The story of WikiLeak's editor-in-chief Julian Assange as seen by documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras.The story of WikiLeak's editor-in-chief Julian Assange as seen by documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras.The story of WikiLeak's editor-in-chief Julian Assange as seen by documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras.
- Self - FBI counterintelligenceas Self - FBI counterintelligence
- (as Special Agent Louis Bladel)
I went into Risk blind, as in, I had no prior knowledge of the film prior to seeing it. I was already a big fan personally Poitras' previous Oscar-winning documentary CITEZENFOUR, so I was expecting to get something similar in that sense, but what I got was something even more provocative. The viewer throughout the film is creating this image of Assange as more and more things come into light. At the same time, we get an in-depth look into the inner operations and daily struggle of one of the most famous/infamous, depending who you're asking, online warehouse of classified documents, WikiLeaks. This clash of truth, privacy, and freedom is experienced as the governments of the world begin question each others practices while also witnessing the personal struggle and persecution of the whistle-blowing community. All that, as told through the perspective of a documentary film-maker who puts so much at risk personally to capture the truth of everything that happens in this community that I personally have no extensive knowledge on. About Assange, the viewer is really left to observe this candid portrayal of the man behind the whole operation. A portrayal that even the subject doesn't agree with. That, along with the fact that we are living immediate consequences of the the events portrayed in the film, is what makes it so raw and so relevant to what we're living through right now.
- May 7, 2017