Academy Awards Best Documentary to Film Critical of Obama

By Published on February 23, 2015

Citizenfour, a film chronicling the living history of Edward Snowden’s unprecedented heist of U.S. government secrets, won the Academy Award for best documentary Sunday night โ€” an unusual feat for a movie so critical of a sitting president’s policies.

Directed by Laura Poitras, the political thriller captures Snowden in a claustrophobic Hong Kong hotel room in the days leading up to and after the release of the first of batch of classified documents that publicly revealed the sweeping scope of the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance of phone and Internet communications.

“The disclosures that Edward Snowden revealed don’t only expose a threat to our privacy but to our democracy itself,” Poitras, who also co-produced the film, said during her acceptance speech. “When the most important decisions being made affecting all of us are made in secret, we lose our ability to check the powers that control.”

In a statement provided by the American Civil Liberties Union, Snowden applauded Poitras and the movie as “a brave and brilliant film that deserves the honor and recognition it has received.”

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