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Criticism 2: Knowledge and Power

Laura Poitras' Oscar-winning documentary provides a unique insight into Edward Snowden's historic notice.

CITIZEN FOUR. (Critique 2) Director: Laura Poitras photo: Trevor Paglen and others In January 2013, documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras received an encrypted email from a person calling himself Citizenfour, who – after establishing a further coded correspondence – claimed that he on detailed information about the US government surveillance systems. At this time, Poitras was already working on a film about surveillance, and had himself experienced ending up on the authorities' "watch list" in the wake of his documentary My Country, My Country from 2006. In this Oscar-nominated film, she portrayed the consequences of American warfare and occupation in Iraq for the country's inhabitants, primarily through one family that she closely followed. Her camera presence near an attack where an American soldier was killed created rumors that Poitras knew this attack was coming. However, the allegations have never been proven, and to her defense there have been so many attacks that day that it would be difficult for a journalist not being close to the riots. Poitras herself denies having had knowledge of the attack beforehand, and claims that she almost continuously recorded material to My Country, My Country - and thus found it natural to film when such. . .

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Aleksander Huser
Huser is a regular film critic in Ny Tid.

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