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From the Academy Award-winning director of “Citizenfour” comes a compelling new portrait of whistle blower Julian Assange. Filmed over six years, “Risk” is a character study that collides with a high stakes election year and its controversial aftermath. Cornered in a tiny building for half a decade, Julian Assange is undeterred even as the legal jeopardy he faces threatens to undermine the organization he leads and fracture the movement he inspired. Capturing this story, director Laura Poitras finds herself caught between the motives and contradictions of Assange and his inner circle.
With her portrait of Edward Snowden in “CitizenFour”, director Laura Poitras established herself as a compelling investigative voice exploring the complex world of whistle blowing and its consequences. It is perhaps because of this, and her extraordinary record in journalism, she gained unprecedented access to Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks. He is a controversial figure who both campaigns for truth and transparency above all while also relishing his celebrity.
Poitras and Assange have fallen out since the release of the film, as Poitras chose to include scenes discussing the sexual assault allegations against Assange which he wanted taken out of the documentary.
The result of Poitras’ work is complex look at the good, the bad and the ugly of Assange and WikiLeaks, sure to spark debate. “Risk” is a must-see for everyone who has followed these stories.