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Laura Poitras, CITIZENFOUR, 2016, photo courtesy of RADiUS-TWC


31 Oct 201420 Nov 2016

Following our special screening and Q+A with Edward Snowden we are showing additional screenings of CITIZENFOUR.

★★★★★ "Gripping Snowden documentary offers portrait of power, paranoia and one remarkable man" Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

BAFTA Winner 2015 (Best Documentary) 

In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras was several years into the making of a film about abuses of national security in post-9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted emails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four”, who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies.

In June 2013, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely unique in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes.


We were delighted to present a preview screening of CITIZENFOUR on 28 October 2014 with DocHouse and a special programme of speakers on 31 October.

At the preview screening on 28 October, guest speakers included Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, Jen Robinson, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Bertha Justice Initiative, and Eric King, Deputy Director of Privacy International.

The Citizenfour screening on Thurs 29 at 2pm was introduced by Luke Moody, Film and Distribution Manager at Britdoc.

Speakers on 31 October 2014 included:

Cinema 1, 6.30pm screening:
Intro with ICA Film & Cinema Manager Nico Marzano and CITIZENFOUR Producer Dirk Wilutzky
Remote Q&A with CITIZENFOUR Director Laura Poitras
Cinema 2, 6.30pm screening:

Intro with BritDoc Chief Executive Jess Search and CITIZENFOUR Producer Mathilde Bonnefoy

Coinciding with the screenings on 31 October, a unique composition of artist Trevor Paglen’s installation work Code Names of the Surveillance State (2014) was on view in the ICA’s Brandon Room.

CITIZENFOUR, dir. Laura Poitras, USA/Germany 2014, 113 mins.


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