Think about this, if you come into possession of classified information of which the public should know about, what would you do? Would you come forward and expose the truth when you know the risks involved? Or would you choose to turn a blind eye for the sake of your own safety as well as your loved ones?
Citizenfour is an oscar-nominated documentary film by award-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras, featuring NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Snowden became an overnight sensation in June 2013 when he stepped forward and identified himself as the person who leaked classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA). To provide some context, Snowden was hired by consulting firm, Booz Allen Hamilton to work for NSA as an infrastructure analyst (otherwise known as an 'elite hacker'). This was where he obtained classified documents on top secret surveillance programs.
Citizenfour is the final instalment of Poitras' post-9/11 trilogy, with My Country, My Country and The Oath being the first two films. Poitras adopted a cinéma vérité filming style, which means documenting moments as they are unfolding. The scenes were not staged or rehearsed, and you never know what's going to happen next.