Directed by Laura Poitras • 2014 • United States
Starring Edward Snowden
CITIZENFOUR is a real-life international thriller that unfolds with breathtaking urgency. With unprecedented access, this behind-the-scenes chronicle of a story that sent shockwaves across the globe follows director Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with whistleblower Edward Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel room as he hands over classified documents that provide evidence of massive, indiscriminate, and illegal invasions of privacy by America’s National Security Agency. CITIZENFOUR places viewers in the hotel room with Poitras, Greenwald, and Snowden as they attempt to manage the media storm raging outside, forced to make quick decisions that will affect their lives and the course of global politics.