“Citizenfour” might be the hottest doc of the fall, and deservedly so, but Edward Snowden isn’t the only government whistleblower in town. “Silenced,” from Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker James Spione, chronicles the stories of three whistleblowers of the post 9/11 era — Thomas Drake, John Kiriakou, and Jesselyn Radack — who faced incredible trials and persecution in response to their standing up for what is both right and constitutional.
The film has screened at Tribeca, Hot Docs, AFI Docs and many other film festivals, and today we’ve got the exclusive trailer for you to check out. The documentary promises a compelling and riveting tale about the troubling innermost, top-secret workings of the U.S. government, shedding light on the experiences of these whistleblowers — whose stories are not as well-known to the general public — who found their lives put under scrutiny as they tried to expose wrongdoing at the highest levels of the administration. And their efforts grabbed the attention of one at least important individual.
“Having seen what happened to the people that came before, specifically Thomas Drake, it was an intimidating thing… I’d realized that the highest likelihood, the most likely outcome of returning this information to public hands would be that I would spend the rest of my life in prison,” Snowden told the National Press Club this past spring. “Thomas Drake showed us that even if you’re a real classic [whistleblower, revealing] waste, fraud, and abuse in a program… there’s a very good chance the FBI will kick in your door…”
“Silenced” will make its European premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, and will open in the U.S. next spring. Watch below.