Citizenfour (2014)
November 1, 2014 1:24 PM - Subscribe

Citizenfour is a documentary film directed by Laura Poitras concerning Edward Snowden and the NSA spying scandal.
posted by roolya_boolya (9 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
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posted by sammyo at 7:25 PM on November 1, 2014 [2 favorites]

I really wish this were playing anywhere near a city I am likely to be in.
posted by zjacreman at 7:55 PM on November 1, 2014

I'm lucky enough to live in a city with and independent cinema that was showing the movie. It's really excellent. Laura Poitras is a skilled film maker particularly considering how constrained she was by circumstance.

Snowden comes across as very personable and very smart. It's nice to know that he has been reunited with his long time girlfriend, who has moved to Moscow to live with him.

Somehow seeing it on film brings home the enormity of what he did and how incredible it is that he has managed to walk away to a live of relative freedom. For now at least.

There was also very much a feeling in the film that Poitras, Greenwald and Snowden were encouraging other whistleblowers to come forward. Snowden seemed very concerned for the second whistleblower who has came to Greenwald and their safety. Perhaps a sign of the pressure he has been under since his revelations where published.
posted by roolya_boolya at 12:02 PM on November 2, 2014

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posted by NSA at 8:39 PM on November 2, 2014 [2 favorites]

I'm neither American nor resident in the states so that's a somewhat appropriate use of your resources so carry on.
posted by roolya_boolya at 1:38 AM on November 3, 2014

I watched this at a preview in Oxford the week before the "official" opening. As an obsessive about this stuff already, I can't say that I learnt anything really new from it, but I enjoyed it regardless & the human side of the film was worth the price of admission - in some places the absurd really does crash headlong into the mundane.

There was a live-broadcast Q+A with Laura afterwards over Skype (oh the irony! & entirely acknowledged by the principals) which was worth it for the painting of grumpy cat on the wall behind her if nothing else :)
posted by pharm at 9:02 AM on November 3, 2014

I haven't seen any publicity for this (not even a MeFi FPP?!), and only happened to catch this today because a friend noticed it was playing nearby. Holy crap, what a great film. Now I have to find the first two works in the trilogy. It's a crime that it's not in wider distribution.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:33 PM on November 28, 2014

There was a related FPP.
posted by roolya_boolya at 10:17 AM on November 29, 2014

So there was; thanks.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:04 PM on November 29, 2014

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