The world premiere of “CITIZENFOUR” plays NYFF October 10, ahead of the film’s theatrical release from RADiUS, in association with Participant Media and HBO Documentary Films, on October 24.
Oscar-nominated for her 2006 Iraq occupation doc “My Country, My Country,” Poitras will also participate in a free HBO Directors Dialogues panel at NYFF on October 11. NYFF Director Kent Jones calls “CITIZENFOUR” “a real-life suspense story” and “a chilling exposé.”
Here’s the synopsis:
In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras was several years into the making of a film about abuses of national security in post-9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted e-mails 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 sui generis in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes.
This is the final entry in Poitras’ “9/11” trilogy, following “My Country, My Country” and Guantanamo Bay doc “The Oath” (2010). More background on Poitras’ aggressive NSA reporting here.