The Edward Snowden-inspired Citizenfour took home “Best Documentary” honors at the Oscars on Feb. 22. Citizenfour, which was originally only shown in limited cities, details the high-risk exposure of the NSA and government surveillance by whistleblower Edward Snowden and how the revelations ignited a national conversation about privacy.
Director Laura Poitras, journalist Glenn Greenwald, and Snowden’s girlfriend Lindsay Mills accepted the award. In her emotional acceptance speech, Poitras reiterated the message of Citizenfour:
“The disclosures that Edward Snowden reveals don’t only expose a threat to our privacy but to our democracy itself. When the most important decisions being made, affecting all of us, are made in secret, we lose our ability to check the powers that control. Thank you to Edward Snowden, for his courage, and for the many other whistleblowers. I share this with Glenn Greenwald and other journalists who are exposing truth.”
I recommend Citizenfour to those interested in learning more about Snowden and the process behind the sharing of his discoveries with the world. Below is the official trailer for Citizenfour followed by a Q&A with Director Laura Poitras by the Film Society of Lincoln Center:
Besides Citizenfour, Glenn Greenwald’s book No Place To Hide is another exceptional account of Snowden’s journey. No Place To Hide also provides specific details and technical aspects of the various NSA programs exposed by Snowden. Below is a Ted Talk on privacy by Greenwald: