Film: Citizenfour (2014)

Citizenfour (2014)

  • Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

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'Citizenfour' is a real life thriller, unfolding by the minute. Giving audiences unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, we see him hand over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency.

Poitras had been working on a film about surveillance for two years when Snowden contacted her, using the name 'Citizenfour'. When Snowden revealed he was a high-level analyst driven to expose the massive surveillance of Americans by the NSA, Poitras persuaded him to let her film.

'Citizenfour' not only shows you the dangers of governmental surveillance – it makes you feel them. You will never think the same way about your phone, email, credit card, web browser, or profile, ever again.

Andy Wills, Professor of Psychology at the University of Plymouth, will introduce this documentary lifting the lid on widespread illegal surveillance activities by US and UK agencies, and will discuss issues of freedom and privacy in digital communications.

Director: Laura Poitras
Cast: Edward Snowden, William Binney, Glenn Greenwald
Running time: 113 mins
Cert: 15

Date: Monday 28 January
Time: 19:00
Venue: Jill Craigie Cinema
Ticket information: £6/£4.20/Friends free/UoP students free via SPiA

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