Acclaimed journalist and filmmaker Laura Poitras on Tuesday released her first film since last year’s Academy Award-winning Citizenfour—a 10-minute video for the New York Times which chronicles artist Ai Weiwei and WikiLeaks activist Jacob Appelbaum collaborating on a project.
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Ai and Appelbaum are both known for their work against unchecked government power and state surveillance in China and the U.S., their respective home countries. They began building their installation together in Beijing in April. Poitras—who, like Appelbaum, contributed to the publication of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s disclosure of widespread government surveillance in 2013—asked to film them.
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