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With unprecedented access, this gripping behind-the-scenes chronicle follows award winning director Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald's remarkable encounters with whistle-blower Edward Snowden in a hotel room in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents that provide evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the NSA.
Edition: Blu-ray.
Branch Call Number: 327.12 C498A
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (113 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Alternative Title: Citizen four
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Sep 24, 2018

Whether you view him as an American patriot or a Russian moll, a freedom fighter or a threat to public safety, Eric Snowden made history when he blew the whistle on the National Security Agency's far-reaching powers to mine data from people's personal e-interactions. How is it possible that documentarian Laura Poitras could turn these real-time interviews into such a rambling bore? Hotel room small talk and scenes of Snowden gelling his hair or debating on how short to cut his cheek fuzz are given equal billing with detailed information on how Uncle Sam peers through your computer screen with help from private industry. A poorly edited doc whose prolonged stretches of tedium undermine its own dire message.

I like Oliver Stone, but I have to say CITIZENFOUR smokes SNOWDEN. Poitras' documentary, though it is largely composed of computer monitor graphics and video of young Ed in a swank Hong Kong hotel room preening in a white tee while lounging on his bed and then occasionally fussing with his hair, is more suspenseful. It manages to capture a pervasive sense of menace that has attained ambient status. There is this barely perceptible hum of a super-expensive HVAC system in a Fortune 500 corporate tower, a nearly inaudible white noise like the sound of a fan that is keeping your hard drive cool, that lets you know you're living in an all-knowing, all-seeing surveillance state.

May 07, 2017

What is the balance between privacy and security in the age where it's almost impossible to tell who the 'enemies' are? We expect almost impossible tasks from the government in order to protect us. Why are we so much uptight about our so-called privacy when most of us will give away the most intimate information about ourselves to win the flimsiest of door prizes? In the West, we all have our unique identifier (SSN) which leaves little in terms of privacy. What price are people willing to pay for their security, especially in the age of advanced technology, which is the new leveler, and it's available to all and sundry these days? As in anyone can be a hacker in any part of the universe with meager resources.
It was very difficult for me to watch the movie because of the way Snowden talked carelessly about the sensitive information he was privileged to access (which might be detrimental to the security of others). There is a fine line between 'whistle blowing' and irresponsibly divulging state secret. I felt uncomfortable because this is being watched all around the world. In the same vein, when I think of how privileged officers in powerful positions abuse their power, it can be mind boggling and can make someone go temporary 'insane', especially when you have idealistic expectations from the system. Snowden is not an hero.

Jan 31, 2017

The subject matter is so important, everyone should watch this.... This pertains to YOU & everything you do!
However, it has to be the most poorly edited documentary I have ever watched! I am shocked this received the award for best documentary... if it was based solely on subject matter, I could see it.

Sep 13, 2016

The true Snowden footage. Scary stuff, definately should be on every tax-paying citizens to watch (& truly listen) list.

May 03, 2016

A kind of horror movie about our national intelligence state. There's not a lot too this documentary in terms of style, it's mostly a series of interviews with Edward Snowden conducted by director Laura Poitras in Hong Kong, but the subject is fascinating, whether or not you agree with his decision to leak classified material or not. I wonder if history will see him as something of the Daniel Ellsberg (Pentagon Papers) or our time. Soon to be a feature film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Snowden. Required viewing.

May 02, 2016

The story from Edward Snowden told through the journalism of Glenn Greenwald and the lens of MacArthur Genius Award winner, Laura Poitras. Watch and go the New Whitney installation "The Art of Surveillance" An "eye, thermal imaging, MAC address, DNS, FOI, etc" opener......

JCLKatieS Mar 28, 2016

This film provides viewers with an intriguing look at Edward Snowden's decision to blow the whistle on the American government and their practices against people's privacy. I did not follow the story religiously when it was in the news but thought that this documentary did a good job at explaining his situation and the events leading up to his announcement. It's a very interesting (and scary) film that hopefully encourages a lot of conversation in the U.S.

Jan 20, 2016

If you find Citizenfour interesting, check out 'United States of Secrets' by PBS. It gives the history on the program, PRISM and how it has evolved over time.

Jan 15, 2016

I gave this only 3 stars because the filmmaker could easily have made this a 10 part HBO series that showed the implications of Big Mother privacy invasion by the government. Instead she did exactly what Edward Snowden said he did not want ... she put the focus of the film on him. Watch the additional DVD addendum to actually extract some benefit from this film.

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Jan 05, 2016

No place to hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the surveillance state Glenn Greenwald; extensive, like tons of, quotes at goodreads:


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