Citizenfour At Cable Car

Whether you’re fer or agin whistleblower Edward Snowden, the documentary “Citizenfour” should be of interest. I’m fer. I am glad that the trampling of our civil liberties by the NSA came to light when it did. The government claims that sensitive information on foreign surveillance has also been compromised, but if the government is so concerned about national security why is such sensitive information in the hands of private contractors? NPR’s Ken Turan has some quibbles with the film but adds “Poitras dedicates the film to those who make great sacrifices to expose injustice. And she may belong on that list.”

In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras was several years into the making of a film about abuses of national security in post-911 America when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as citizen four, who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be 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.

Rated R. Running time 114 minutes.

Opens 4:30pm, 9:30pm, Friday, November 14, Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main Street

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