• Wed Apr 29
  • Thur Apr 30
Laura Poitras
Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Jacob Appelbaum

By now, we’re all familiar with Edward Snowden’s story: how he worked for the government, how he blew the whistle on the N.S.A.’s widespread spying on the American public, and how he fled the country to avoid prosecution for treason. Whether you agree with his actions or not, it’s hard to deny that things have changed since he came forward, that the America before Snowden is not the same as the America we live in now, where you can’t log onto your computer without wondering: am I being watched? Can I trust my government? The answer, at least in this film, is a resounding no. Though we don’t see much of the forces being leveled against Snowden, we can see the effect they have, and the very real presence of fear in this man’s life. The film is “a tense and frightening thriller that blends the brisk globe-trotting of the Bourne movies with the spooky, atmospheric effects of a Japanese horror film. And it is also a primal political fable for the digital age, a real-time tableau of the confrontation between the individual and the state.” (NY Times)


DCP color
1 hour 54 minutes
release year/country
2014 Germany