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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Edward Snowden Congratulates Director Laura Poitras on Winning the Oscar for the "Brave and Brilliant" CITIZENFOUR

If you're watching the Oscars like I am right now, then you already know that CITIZENFOUR has won for best documentary (reminder for you HBO subscribers: the film will air on TV this week). And now the subject of the film himself, Edward Snowden, has provided a statement on director Laura Poitras's win via the American Civil Liberties Union, which represents him:

“When Laura Poitras asked me if she could film our encounters, I was extremely reluctant. I’m grateful that I allowed her to persuade me. The result is a brave and brilliant film that deserves the honor and recognition it has received. My hope is that this award will encourage more people to see the film and be inspired by its message that ordinary citizens, working together, can change the world.”

Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, had this reaction:

“Laura’s remarkable film has helped fuel a global debate on the dangers of mass surveillance and excessive government secrecy. The ACLU could not be more delighted that she has been recognized with an Academy Award.”

Was CITIZENFOUR your favorite documentary from last year?


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