CITIZENFOUR is a documentary film directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Laura Poitras (My Country, My Country) concerning Edward Snowden and the NSA spying scandal. Co-produced by Poitras and Steven Soderbergh, the film had its premiere at the 2014 New York Film Festival and BFI London Film Festival.
In January 2013, Laura Poitras was several years into the making of a film about abuses of national security in post9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted emails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four,” who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald 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 film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely unique in the history of cinema: a 100% reallife thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes.
- via HuffPost