Snowden (2016)

Snowden
Director: Oliver Stone
Writer: Kieran Fitzgerald, Oliver Stone
Based on: the books The Snowden Files by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Melissa Leo, Zachary QuintoShailene Woodley, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage, Tom Wilkinson, Joely Richardson, Timothy Olyphant, Erol Sander, Scott Eastwood, Ben Chaplin
Seen on: 4.10.2016

Plot:
Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) used to be a soldier, then he started working for the NSA. Growing disillusioned with the NSA’s surveillance practices, he decides to do something about it. He contacts journalists Laura Poitras (Melissa Leo) and Glenn Greenwald (Zachary Quinto) and leaks documents and evidence through them. But whistleblowing like that is treason and Snowden has to be smart to make sure that the information reaches the public and that he doesn’t get caught.

Snowden is a very nice companion piece to Citizenfour. It’s a well done, engaging film and you can’t repeat this horrifying story and the sheer scope of everything enough.

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Citizenfour (2014)

Citizenfour
Director: Laura Poitras
Seen on: 12.01.2015

Plot:
Citizenfour chronicles the process of how whistleblower Edward Snowden contacted documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald to release classified information about major surveillance of private citizens by the NSA, via use of telecommunication companies.

Citizenfour tells not only an important story, it does so in an engaging and accessible, reminding us once more of the absurdity and the outrageousness of the NSA’s (and other intelligence agency’s) actions – which are far from over.

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