I constructed this blog last night as a kind of testimonial to Whistleblowers. It contains a link to the CitizenFour film and a second film by Brave New Films entitled “War on Whistleblowers.” Hope this is convenient for everyone.–Thomas Baldwin
“Citizenfour took home the Academy Award for best documentary feature on Sunday night.
Jennifer Aniston and David Oyelowo presented the award to director Laura Poitras. In her acceptance speech, Poitras thanked American whistleblower Edward Snowden “for his courage.” The documentary centers on Snowden, who leaked classified government documents from the NSA to the mainstream media.”
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“In January 2013, film-maker Laura Poitras received an encrypted e-mail from a stranger who called himself Citizen Four. In it, he offered her inside information about illegal wiretapping practices of the NSA and other intelligence agencies. Poitras had already been working for several years on a film about mass surveillance programs in the United States, and so in June 2013, she went to Hong Kong with her camera for the first meeting with the stranger, who identified himself as Edward Snowden. She was met there by investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald and The Guardian intelligence reporter Ewen MacAskill. Several other meetings followed. Citizenfour is based on the recordings from these meetings. What follows is the largest confirmations of mass surveillance using official documents themselves, the world has never seen”
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Edward Snowden Releases Statement Following ‘Citizenfour’ Oscars Win
Laura Poitros and Glenn Greenwald
The Huffington Post | By Lauren Duca
The Edward Snowden documentary “Citizenfour” won Best Documentary at the Oscars on Sunday night. Director Laura Poitras accepted the award with Glenn Greenwald and Lindsay Mills, Snowden’s girlfriend, by her side.
“The disclosures that Edward Snowden reveals don’t only expose a threat to our privacy but to our democracy itself,” Poitras said in her acceptance speech. “When the most important decisions being made, affecting all of us, are made in secret, we lose our ability to check the powers that control. Thank you to Edward Snowden, for his courage, and for the many other whistleblowers. I share this with Glenn Greenwald and other journalists who are exposing truth.”
The film tells the story of Snowden’s 2013 National Security Agency leaks. Poitras traveled to Hong Kong to meet with Snowden. “Citizenfour” analyzed the impact of the surveillance documents he revealed, as well as his role as a public figure threatening to eclipse the story he unmasked.
“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,” Snowden said in a statement released by the American Civil Liberties Union. “The result is a brave and brilliant film that deserves the honor 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” beat out “The Salt of the Earth,” “Last Days in Vietnam,” “Virunga” and “Finding Vivian Maier” for the honor.
A library of films to inform, inspire and provoke radical social and political change.THOUGHTMAYBE.COM_____________________________________________________________________________________BRAVE NEW FILMSBreaking News: Citizenfour, a documentary about whistleblower Edward Snowden by filmmaker Laura Poitras, has won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
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