I am often struck by the fact that I don’t get a clear picture of what’s going on via the media. Even reading the New York Times every morning didn’t give me an idea of just what went on with Edward Snowden and what he did. The documentary Citizenfour clarifies this wonderful man and his courageous act. I won’t go on about it here, but urge you to see this Academy-award winning film and judge for yourself.
“…Ronnie Scheib of Variety wrote ‘No amount of familiarity with whistleblower Edward Snowden and his shocking revelations of the U.S. government’s wholesale spying on its own citizens can prepare one for the impact of Laura Poitras’s extraordinary documentary Citizenfour… far from reconstructing or analyzing a fait accompli, the film tersely records the deed in real time, as Poitras and fellow journalist Glenn Greenwald meet Snowden over an eight-day period in a Hong Kong hotel room to plot how and when they will unleash the bombshell that shook the world. Adapting the cold language of data encryption to recount a dramatic saga of abuse of power and justified paranoia, Poitras brilliantly demonstrates that information is a weapon that cuts both ways.…'”