We’ve done it again – we’ve managed to pick the Oscar-winner for our next screening. Well done to director Laura Poitras, editor Mathilde Bonnefoy and producer Dirk Wilutzky.
Collecting the award, Poitras, flanked by journalist and collaborator Glenn Greenwald, said: “The disclosures of Edward Snowden don’t only expose a threat to our privacy but to our democracy itself. When the decisions that rule us are taken in secret we lose the power to control and govern ourselves.” Poitras thanked Edward Snowden for his “sacrifices”, and added: “I share this award with Glenn Greenwald and the many other journalists who are taking risks to expose the truth.”
The team were joined onstage by Snowden’s girlfriend, Lindsay Mills. In response to the news, Snowden himself wrote:
“When Laura Poitras asked me if she could film our encounters, I was extremely reluctant. I’m grateful that I allowed her to persuade me. The result is a brave and brilliant film that deserves the honour and recognition it has received. My hope is that this award will encourage more people to see the film and be inspired by its message that ordinary citizens, working together, can change the world.”
Citizenfour was the strong favourite in the documentary category, having taken a string of awards over the last few months, including best documentary at the BAFTAS, the DGA, and the National Society of Film Critics (the Golden Globes has no non-fiction award.)
Pop Up Docs will be screening the film in a very apt venue: The Francis Hotel (Bath’s answer to the Mira Hotel perhaps?!) on Fri 20th March.
Book tickets before they sell out!