CitizenFour, Laura Poitras’s Oscar-winning documentary about whistleblower Edward Snowden, will open the 17th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, running from 4-14 June 2015 in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Poitras won the Pulitzer in 2014 for her role in helping Snowden expose the widespread abuses of America’s National Security Adminsitration. Citizenfour is a first-person, fly-on-the-wall account of breaking the story of the decade, a real-life thriler unfolding minute-by-minute before our eyes.
Snowden disturbingly warns: “Know that every border you cross, every purchase you make, every call you dial, every cellphone tower you pass, friend you keep, site you visit, every subject line you type, are in the hands of a system whose reach is unlimited but whose safeguards are not.”
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