MESYM Crossover Documentary Series #14: Citizenfour

The MESYM Crossover Documentary Series is held every last Thursday of each month @ Loyar Burok. Everyone is invited to come watch the documentary, participate in the discussion, and meet like-minded people. Admission is free!

Our March event will certainly be a remarkable one: the crossover topic is Edward Snowden (and everything associated with him: NSA and the surveillance State). We are screening Citizenfour, from Academy-Award nominated director Laura Poitras, the documentary featuring Edward Snowden making his revelations to reporter Glenn Greenwald in a hotel room in Hong Kong.

“The stuff of Orwellian nightmares…it plays like the greatest paranoid thriller since ‘All The President’s Men.'”

“It’s chillingly dramatic, a Bourne-like motif of intrigue that has the effect of making us realize that no, this is not just a movie.”


Discussion led by Ms. Elina Noor from ISIS, Malaysia

Ms. Elina Noor is Assistant Director of the Foreign Policy and Security Studies at the Institute of Strategic & International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia. Her policy interests include US-Malaysia bilateral relations, cyber warfare and security, radicalisation and terrorism, and major power relations.

Join the event on the MESYM Facebook Group.



CITIZENFOUR is a real life thriller, unfolding by the minute, giving audiences unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA).

Poitras had already been working on a film about surveillance for two years when Snowden contacted her, using the name “CITIZENFOUR,” in January 2013. He reached out to her because he knew she had long been a target of government surveillance, stopped at airports numerous times, and had refused to be intimidated. When Snowden revealed he was a high-level analyst driven to expose the massive surveillance of Americans by the NSA, Poitras persuaded him to let her film.

CITIZENFOUR places you in the room with Poitras, Greenwald, and Snowden as they attempt to manage the media storm raging outside, forced to make quick decisions that will impact their lives and all of those around them.

CITIZENFOUR not only shows you the dangers of governmental surveillance—it makes you feel them. After seeing the film, you will never think the same way about your phone, email, credit card, web browser, or profile, ever again.


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