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1,299 Ratings


Directed by Laura Poitras
United States, Germany, 2014


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

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Citizenfour Directed by Laura Poitras

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2015 | Winner: Best Documentary, Feature

Independent Spirit Awards

2015 | Winner: Best Documentary

Village Voice Film Poll

2014 | Winner: Best Documentary Feature Film

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2014 | Winner: Best Documentary

Near the end, as the existence of another whistleblower is unveiled, and as Poitras, Snowden, and Greenwald encourage the sprouting of more like him or her, Citizenfour turns into a visual manual on how to reveal state secrets, what risks and sacrifices are involved, and how to go about doing it without getting caught.
May 26, 2015
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Forget for a moment that it’s distributed by the Weinstein Company and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature—CITIZENFOUR is best appreciated as an essay-film. CITIZENFOUR is a DV production, of course, but Poitras’ sense of media heritage reaches back to an earlier era, looking for a model that predates the inspirational, talking head docs that clutter our screens today. The effect is akin to a 16mm tract screened in an empty university basement.
February 06, 2015
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Laura Poitras is a great filmmaker who makes layered, dense, powerful nonfiction cinema (for example, two of my very favourite documentaries: The Oath and My Country, My Country) and I don’t have to think Citizenfour rises to her previous levels of artistry to agree with its many admirers that it’s a crucial work that should be seen by all.
January 09, 2015
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