Filmmaker Reflects on Her Ties to Snowden
When Edward Snowden, a then-unknown government employee, reached out to documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, she couldn’t have known the impact the relationship would have on her life. With Poitras’s help, Snowden introduced himself — and the leak that would shake a civilization — to the world. Now, Poitras lives in Germany and has produced a documentary about Snowden called Citizenfour. As a result of Snowden’s show of trust in her, Poitras has lived under threat of surveillance and retaliation and, with Citizenfour, she’s returning to the limelight.