October 24th, 2014



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

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 8.0/10 (190 voted)

Critic's Score: 89/100

Director: Laura Poitras

Stars: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Jacob Appelbaum

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.

Edward Snowden - Himself
Jacob Appelbaum - Himself
Julian Assange - Himself
William Binney - Himself
Glenn Greenwald - Himself
Ewen MacAskill - Himself
Lindsay Mills - Herself
Laura Poitras - Herself
Jeremy Scahill - Himself


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Country: Germany, USA

Language: English, Portuguese, German

Release Date: 24 October 2014

Filming Locations: Room 1014, Mira Hotel, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China

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User Review


Rating: 8/10

A very interesting documentary - both thought and discussion provoking!

Although it didn't provide very much 'new' information to those already familiar with the events of last year (other than the revelation about a second whistle-blower at the end), this documentary puts together many elements previously made public (i.e. article releases, TV interviews, legal and political hearings etc.) in a contiguous time-frame, so that anyone not immediately familiar with the subject matter could fully understand both the time-line of events and the impact of 'Snowdengate'.

Following the screening this evening a Q & A took place with the Director Laura Poitras joining via Skype. Unfortunately the connection dropped out several times (consipiracy theorists of the world unite) but it was a useful session nonetheless!

I would definitely recommend this movie/documentary, whether you agree or disagree with Snowden's actions and the subsequent consequences of them.


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