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Laura Poitras Presents Julian Assange Documentary at Cannes

Never one to shy away from controversy, Laura Poitras’s (Citizenfour) latest documentary focuses on the life of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who currently remains in exile within London’s Ecuadorian embassy, surrounded by police officers who want to extradite him to Sweden on allegations of rape. In the film, and at a Q&A following a screening of it at Cannes, Poitras maintains that Assange’s detainment without a formal charge is unlawful.

“The fact is, Julian is a political prisoner who is being demonized in the press and who is about to spend a very serious number of thousands of days imprisoned by the U.K., who does not listen the United Nations’ rulings,” former WikiLeaks spokesman Jacob Applebaum said at the press conference, as reported by Indiewire.