Snowden documentary CitizenFour grabs Oscar

A Laura Poitras’ film about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has won Hollywood’s highest accolade by snatching the Oscar for Best Documentary.

“The disclosures of Edward Snowden don’t only expose a threat
to our privacy but to our democracy itself,”
Poitras said
during her acceptance speech. She was joined on stage by editor
Mathilde Bonnefoy, producer Dirk Wilutzky and Snowden’s
girlfriend, Lindsay Mills.

The Oscar for CitizenFour comes after the documentary won the
prestigious Directors Guild Award as best movie in the category.

Citizenfour is a chronicle of making the world aware of the US
National Security Agency’s global electronic surveillance

It begins with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald
and film director Laura Poitras traveling to Hong Kong in June
2013 to become the first public figures to meet Edward Snowden –
the government whistleblower and bring his findings to the world.

She met the former NSA contractor many times throughout the movie
that has a number of interviews with the former spy. Poitras
researched the data leaked by Snowden to unravel the shocking
truth about eavesdropping in modern society.

This wasn’t Poitas’ first nomination. In 2007, her film ‘My
Country, My Country’, about life for Iraqis under US occupation,
was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

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