Event: CITIZENFOUR film screening

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We are very pleased to announce a special Labour Campaign for Human Rights screening of CITIZENFOUR, a new documentary about the Edward Snowden revelations.

If you would like to attend, please register with andrew.noakes@lchr.org.uk who will provide more details.

The screening will be on Wednesday 26 November at 7pm until 9:30pm, with a drinks reception from 6:30pm, at the Theatre Delicatessen in Farringdon (119 Farringdon Road), London. The film will be introduced by actor and director David Morrissey, who will also chair an interactive panel discussion with Chris Bryant MP and a representative from the Don’t Spy on Us coalition after the screening is finished.

The film explores Edward Snowden’s role in blowing the whistle on mass data surveillance by the NSA and GCHQ and the debate about privacy and security in the age of big data. Below is a full description of the film, together with some reviews.

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CITIZENFOUR is the new film from Academy Award nominee Laura Poitras. In January 2013, Laura Poitras several years into the making of a film about abuses of national security in post-9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted emails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four”, who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies.

In June 2013, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely unique in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes.

The Guardian *****
“A triumph of journalism and a triumph for journalism.”

The Telegraph ****
“Everybody needs to see it”

The Financial Times
“A true-life spy thriller”

WIRED
“The sort of revelatory filmmaking that could only have been achieved by a director who was herself at the center of the story”

This screening is generously being hosted by public affairs and campaigns agency 89up.