CITIZENFOUR has become my most anticipated film of the season; I think it is fair to say. Once again, I’ve been forgetting to share things with you, since my latest lack of posting.
Why - CITIZENFOUR is a great story in itself primarily because of the amount of work and detail that has been put throughout the process of making this documentary that is already extraordinary. I need to start with the director of this doc, Laura Poitras, who has been working on documentary for over the past several years, getting an Oscar nomination, working on War themes and eventually deciding to live in Berlin because of being so many times stopped by the security people around American airports.
As you can read while watching the trailer, ‘Edward Snowden documentary’. It’s about Edward Snowden, it is about the United Stated internal affairs and security system and lack of security and illegal security and surveillance and on and on and ultimately about United States’ society and Edward Snowden tells us that our privacy is being neglected, our internet freedom is being corrupted and ‘basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building.’ Edward Snowden was the one that got both Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill. He’s a smart conscious man and Laura Poitras is genius in deciding and making a really strong point in wanting to portray him in the documentary, which she eventually succeeded.
CITIZZENFOUR is one of those experiences that come along to wake us up about extremely poignant issues of the moment about our World society, and not just United States, because as so often, United States is the primary example of how not to do things…
Laura Poitras is a hero of mine.
Other interesting links-
Anne Thompson interview.
This is really interesting about the security and extremely detailed arrangments throughout the making of CITIZENFOUR, here.
The NYFF Premiere here.
Laura Poitras The Badass.