How much did you know of the Edward Snowden case before watching CITIZENFOUR? How did the film change/inform your opinion of the case?
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Citizenf our Discussion Guide
Director: Loura Poitras
You might know this director trom:
The Oath (2010)
My Country,My Country (2006)
Flog Wars (2003)
Director Lauro Poitras was in the middle of her third documentary on post-9111 America when she received on
email from “Citizenfour,” on individual claiming to possess insider information on the wide-scale surveillance
schemes of the U.S.government. Rother than brushing the message off as bogus, she pursued this mysterious
mailer,embroiling herself inone of the greatest global shockwaves of this millenniumthus far.
Teaming up with journalist Glenn Greenwald of “The Guardian.”Poitras began her journey.The two travel to
Hong Kong.where they meet “Citizenfour ·an infrastructure analyst named Edward Snowden working inside
the Notional Security Agency.Joined by fellow Guardian colleague Ewen MacAskill,the four set up comp in
Snowden·s hotel room.where over the course of the following eight days he reveals o shocking protocol in effect
that will uproot the way citizens across the world view their leaders in the days to come.
Snowden does not wish to remain anonymous.and yet he insists “I’m not the story.” In his mind the issues of
liberty.justice.freedom. and democracy are at stoke,and who he is has very little bearing on the intense
implications of the moss surveillance ineffect worldwide.Snowden reminds us. “It’s not science fiction.This
is happening right now.” and at times the extent of information is just too massive to grasp.especially for the
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