A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.
Sheila Nevins, Tom Quinn, Diane Weyermann, Jeff Skoll, Steven Soderbergh, Katy Scoggin, Dirk Wilutzky, Kirsten Johnson, Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, David Menschel
Barack Obama, Jeremy Scahill, Edward Snowden, Laura Poitras, Lindsay Mills, Ewen MacAskill, William Binney, Julian Assange, Glenn Greenwald, Jacob Appelbaum, Kevin Bankston
In June 2013, Laura Poitras and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with 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. Poitras is a great and brave filmmaker, but she is also a masterful storyteller: she compresses the many days of questioning, waiting, confirming, watching the world’s reaction and agonizing over the next move, into both a great character study of Snowden and a narrative that will leave you on the edge of your seat as it inexorably moves toward its conclusion.