The Documentary Of Filmed And Directed By Laura Poitras-

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Citizenfour Analysis The documentary Citizenfour- filmed and directed by Laura Poitras- was released in October of 2014. This film documents what Edward Snowden went through in order to relay information about the National Security Agency to Laura Poitras and journalists Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill. Primarily, this film is set in Hong Kong, China in 2013, however specific scenes are shot in Berlin, Germany, Brazil, and the United States. Citizenfour utilizes a chronological mode of storytelling, rhetorical techniques, and editing techniques in order to create an effective documentary. Citizenfour opens with Laura Poitras narrating an email that she received from the former NSA employee, Edward Snowden. The pair exchanged a few emails and ultimately agreed to meet in the film’s primary setting, Hong Kong, China. Everything fell into place during their initial meeting and they were joined by journalists Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill, so that Poitras could begin filming Snowden while he discussed the NSA’s scandals. In the midst of these interviews, Greenwald and MacAskill released news reports regarding this information- per Snowden’s request- ultimately causing the government to begin tracking him. Finally, the government catches wind of Snowden’s location, Hong Kong, China. His lawyers meet to discuss the possible outcomes of this situation, and ultimately, he and his girlfriend end up moving to Russia in order to escape persecution. As the synopsis of the…
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