Citizenfour (2014)

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 2014-10-24
  • User Rating: 7.9/10 from 619 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 54min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Praxis Films
  • Production Country: Germany, United States of America
  • Director: Laura Poitras
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In June 2013, Laura Poitras and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes. Poitras is a great and brave filmmaker, but she is also a masterful storyteller: she compresses the many days of questioning, waiting, confirming, watching the world’s reaction and agonizing over the next move, into both a great character study of Snowden and a narrative that will leave you on the edge of your seat as it inexorably moves toward its conclusion.

Citizenfour Trailer

  • Edward Snowden

    as Himself
  • Glenn Greenwald

    as Himself
  • Laura Poitras

    as Herself
  • William Binney

    as Himself
  • Barack Obama

    as Himself
  • Jacob Appelbaum

    as Himself
  • Julian Assange

    as Himself
  • Jeremy Scahill

    as Himself
  • Kevin Bankston

    as Himself
  • Ewen MacAskill

    as Himself
  • Lindsay Mills

    as Herself
Directing Laura Poitras Director
Crew Sara Bernstein Supervisor of Production Resources
Production Mathilde Bonnefoy Producer
Editing Mathilde Bonnefoy Editor
Production Svenja Rieck Production Manager
Camera Kirsten Johnson Director of Photography
Camera Trevor Paglen Director of Photography
Camera Katy Scoggin Director of Photography
Production Kirsten Johnson Co-Producer
Production Dirk Wilutzky Producer
Production Laura Poitras Producer
Production Katy Scoggin Co-Producer
Production Steven Soderbergh Executive Producer
Production Jeff Skoll Executive Producer
Production Diane Weyermann Executive Producer
Production Tom Quinn Executive Producer
Production Sheila Nevins Executive Producer
Production David Menschel Executive Producer
Writing Laura Poitras Screenplay