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2014’s Academy Award winning documentary CITIZENFOUR is a real life international thriller that unfolds by the minute. With unprecedented access, this gripping behind-the-scenes chronicle follows award winning director Laura Poitras (My Country, My Country) and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s remarkable encounters with whistle-blower Edward Snowden in a hotel room in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents that provide evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA). The documentary not only shows the dangers of governmental surveillance, but makes audiences feel them. After seeing the film, viewers will never think the same way about their phone, e-mail, credit cards, web browser or digital footprint again.
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Our family all came to the conclusion that Snowden is a patriot / whistle blower. If you haven’t researched Snowden, you should. He was protecting our freedoms, and is now stuck in Russia because the US revoked his passport. His efforts caused Congress shut down a program doing bulk collection of information on US citizens (and others); a federal judge said the NSA phone surveillance program is unconstitutional, etc. Well, it's a long list...
Pretty world-shattering things...
Exactly what motivated Snowden and why he did this, knowing the consequences, has never before been completely explained.The responses from the US government, while not being exactly lies, have been misleading and incomplete.
What is sure is that most people, including the officials that held hearings on this have only a vestigial understanding of what metadata is and how it can be used. Every American should view this video to see more clearly both sides of this issue in order to make a fully informed judgement.
In spite of the government's accusations, Snowden was very careful that he did not release any information that would compromise any agent or reveal information on US government surveillance except reveal that it was being done. He gave this information to American journalists, not any foreign country and not for any benefit to himself. The tragedy is that while the US government says that he will receive fair due process of law if he comes to the US, the crimes he is charged with are under a law from world war I, long before today's electronic data communication. This law was intended for spies acting for foreign countries and presumes Snowden is such a spy. There is no legal defense against this law, even if the actions of the government he released are judged to be illegal.
Persons buying this video should make sure that it is rated for their region. Region 0 is nowhere and wilt not play on any DVD machine.
Benjamin Franklin said, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Now for those of you who might hate it. We have gotten used to documentaries which are just as cleverly filmed as fictional movies. The likes of Ken Burns, Errol Morris and others have really invigorated this genre. However, this film is shot the old way of filming a documentary where there is mostly talking, writing via computer, and sitting in hotel rooms. Time proceeds as it does in the real world. I'd say it is close watching an actual trial proceed, which can be very slow, even if the case itself is fascinating. Had this been shot this way on any less fascinating a subject, it would probably be viewed by no one. So if you can't stand this old way of documentary film making, this is probably not the film for you.