Citizenfour wins Oscar®
Overnight on Sunday, Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky received the Oscar® for their film Citizenfour, in the category of Best Documentary.
Edward Snowden, who – accompanied by Poitras and her camera – revealed spying conducted by the US National Security Agency with their British counterparts, is currently living in Russia under asylum.
In her speech, Laura Poitras especially thanked Edward Snowden for his courage. Poitras, Bonnefoy and Wilutzky were present at the ceremony, together with investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald and Snowden's girlfriend Lindsay Mills.
Snowden got in touch later through the US civil rights organization ACLU from his Russian exile. "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." he said.
DOK Leipzig congratulates the filmmakers on this important award.
Citizenfour celebrated its German premiere at DOK Leipzig last year, and was the opening film of the festival. Citizenfour was produced in Co-Production with Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) and Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR).