in about 100 words or less
US/Germany 113m, Colour
Director: Laura Poitras; Cast: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, William Binney, Jacob Appelbaum, Ewen MacAskill
Citizenfour is a unique documentary film shot in real-time as journalist Glenn Greenwald met Edward Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel over a period of eight days as his story was revealed to the world’s news media. In releasing classified details about frightening government programs that monitor its own citizens, Snowden becomes a fugitive from the United States. Whether admired and condemned, Snowden’s actions set off a political firestorm around the world as it is revealed that foreign governments and corporations are complicit in these activities (Klaus Ming October 2016).