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Runtime: 114 min

Genres: Documentary

Languages: English | German | Portuguese

Countries: Germany | UK | USA

In January 2013, Poitras (recipient of the 2012 MacArthur Genius Fellowship and co-recipient of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service) was several years into making a film about surveillance in the post-9/11 era 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 Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be 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. Executive Produced by Steven Soderbergh. (C) Radius

Directors (1)

Editors (1)

Actors (32)

Barack Obama Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ben Wizner Himself - ACLU Lawyer
Carsten Gericke Himself
David Miranda Himself
Edward Snowden Himself
Ewen MacAskill Himself
Glenn Greenwald Himself
Gonzalo Boye Himself
H. Thomas Byron Himself - Government Representative
Harry Pregerson Himself - Judge
Jacob Appelbaum Himself
Jeremy Scahill Himself
Jonathan Man Himself - Human Rights Lawyer
José Casado Himself
Julian Assange Himself
Julian Borger Himself - Editor, The Guardian
Kevin Bankston Himself - Attorney
Ladar Levison Himself - Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC
Laura Poitras Herself
Lindsay Mills Herself
M. Margareth McKeown Herself - Judge
Marcel Bosonnet Himself - Lawyer
Marcel Rosenbach Himself - Journalist, Der Spiegel
Michael Daly Hawkins Himself - Judge
Nick Hopkins Himself
Paul Johnson Himself
Rainer Staudhammer Himself
Robert Tibbo Himself - Human Rights Lawyer (voice)
Roberto Kaz Himself (as Robert Kaz)
William Binney Himself
William Bourdon Himself - Lawyer
Wolfgang Kaleck Himself - Lawyer