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Laura Poitras on ‘Citizenfour’: Fate Intervened in My Documentary

Citizenfour director Laura Poitras was already making a documentary about government surveillance when she was contacted by the ultimate source and subject, Edward Snowden.

“In my filmmaking there’s a way in which fate comes into things,” she tells “There’s not always a clear certainty. I follow paths not quite knowing where they’ll lead or where the story will take me. That’s essentially the nature of vérité filmmaking. You’re witnessing things happening in real time and you don’t know what the conclusion will be. That is the kind of filmmaking I’ve been doing for years and I’m really drawn to it because it allows one to capture human drama and conflict—happening in real time—and structure a narrative around it in a cinematic way.”

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