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|Free Screening of the Oscar-winning documentary film 'Citizenfour'|
|Date||Sunday November 22|
|Time||7:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
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Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo
300 E. Santa Inez
San Mateo, CA 94401
|smpa [at] sanmateopeaceaction.org|
When National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden fled to Hong Kong in 2013 after revealing documents detailing extensive surveillance of Americans, he contacted film director, producer and cinematographer Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald.
Poitras was already personally familiar with being watched closely, because of a television documentary she made about the U.S. occupation of Iraq in 2006 that landed her on a Department of Homeland Security watch list as a high security threat. Snowden's initial emails to Poitras were under the pseudonym "Citizenfour", and the eventual result was her Oscar- and Emmy-winning documentary of the same name.
On Sunday, November 22, PASMC will present a free screening of "Citizenfour" - for those who may have missed its relatively brief run in theatres, or who would just like to get a second look and share thoughts about it with other concerned folks. We will begin our program at 7 PM at the Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo, 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue in San Mateo. The UUSM is wheelchair accessible.
The film's premise largely involves Snowden's interviews with Poitras and Greenwald, and the process the three go through to get the story told in a way that focuses on the NSA's actions and tactics - and its implications for Americans' civil liberties and privacy. It is a film driven by the desire to tell that story, and the many awards it has received suggest an effective project.
We hope to see you on the 22nd for the San Mateo screening of this important film, "Citizenfour".