At the Oscars award ceremony this week, a film about whistleblower Edward Snowden won an award for “best documentary.”
The film, CitizenFour, was directed by Laura Poitras, who accepted the award along with Journalist Glenn Greenwald and Snowden’s girlfriend, Lindsay Mills.
During her acceptance speech, Poitras said that, “The disclosures of Edward Snowden don’t only expose a threat to our privacy but to our democracy itself. When the most important decisions affecting all of us are being made in secret, we lose our ability to check the powers that control.”
In a statement released by the American Civil Liberties Union, Snowden commented on the recognition that the film has recieved and his decision to work with Poitras.
“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,” Snowden said.
Snowden is currently living in Asylum in Russia, and is wanted in the United States to face charges under the federal Espionage Act.
John Vibes writes for True Activist and is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war.