Laura Poitras

Germany, United States 2016, 92 min.


Spoken language: English, Arabic, Spanish

Subtitles: Dutch

Festival year: 2018

Revealing portrayal of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Oscar-winning director Laura Poitras (Citizenfour) follows Assange for six years. What initially started out as a positive documentary about a visionary, historical figure changes along the way into a character study of a narcissistic man who loves to expose sensitive matters of other people, but lashes out fiercely when he is under critical scrutiny himself.

For six years, Poitras has unlimited access to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his team. During this time, she films the rise of the man and his online platform up close: from leaking secret government documents up to Assange’s flight to the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Poitras is initially an admirer, but relations with her subject turn sour over time. After being accused of sexual assault, Assange speaks rather condescendingly on film about the women accusing him. When the filmmaker works with whistle-blower Edward Snowden to expose the ins and outs of the NSA through regular media, Assange is furious. He distances himself from the film; the director is no longer welcome. After a first release in Cannes in 2016, Poitras decides to edit the film again, presenting an entirely new and more critical film a year later.


Risk is part of the Festival Favorites theme programme.


Official website: http://riskfilm.org


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Talkshows & debates

Risk: Q&A with Melissa Taylor (Lawyer Julian Assange) en Marietje Schaake (member of the European Pa

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 18:45

Jasper Wezenberg speaks with Melinda Taylor (the lawyer of Julian Assange) and Marietje Schaake (European Parliament member D66). 

Risk: Q&A with Lousewies van der Laan

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 11:00

Maarten Stoltz speaks with former D66 politician Lousewies van der Laan.

Risk: Q&A about Wikileaks and privacy

Friday, March 30, 2018 - 16:00

Q&A about wikileaks and privacy.