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Significance of CITIZENFOUR's Win

The Atlantic examines the significance of CITIZENFOUR’s Oscar win, calling Director Laura Poitras’ thank-you list in her acceptance speech “an important reminder of the always vital, sometimes under-appreciated role that civil society plays in the United States."

The Atlantic  - February 23, 2015 

Significance of Citizenfour's Win

When Laura Poitras received the Academy Award for best documentary, civil society was pushing back against the deep state.         

By Conor Friedersdorf


"And the Oscar goes to ... Citizenfour."

With those words, filmmaker Laura Poitras took the stage Sunday at the Academy Awards, where her portrait of whistleblower Edward Snowden and the sweeping mass surveillance that he exposed won the prize for best feature documentary.

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