'Citizenfour' Director Lauren Poitras Talks Editing in Extreme Secrecy

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When you're creating a documentary about one of the biggest whistleblowers in modern history--and one that's about surveillance and government spying to boot--you can't be too careful about keeping your footage safe. At least that's what director Lauren Poitras learned while making Citizenfour.

"All the footage was kept on encrypted drives, passwords were tightly controlled, very few people had them, and even within an encrypted drive there were certain volumes that were more heavily encrypted for the things that we thought were more sensitive, which only myself and my editor had passwords for," Poitras tells Realscreen. "Basically we wanted to have a scenario whereby, if any government raided the editing room, they wouldn’t get anything from the drives. That was one of our security protocols.”

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