Laura Poitras’ new feature film Risk will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival’s 48th Directors’ Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs).
This dramatic documentary with a cypherpunk spirit reveals the stakes and opportunities of truth-telling and finds Poitras embedded with Julian Assange over the past five years. Risk is her highly anticipated follow-up to Citizenfour, Academy Award® winner for Best Documentary.
Risk immerses us in the lives of Julian Assange and the technologists, volunteers, and reporters behind WikiLeaks. In the last decade, WikiLeaks has revolutionized journalism, publishing documents whose revelations helped fuel the Arab Spring and exposed corporate spying. Poitras goes behind the scenes – into asylum with Assange and into exile with the WikiLeaks team as they face legal challenges and go to sometimes dangerous lengths to defend whistleblowers.
Laura Poitras is a filmmaker, journalist and artist. CITIZENFOUR (2014), the third installment of her Post-9/11 Trilogy, won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Documentary, along with awards from the British Film Academy, Independent Spirit Awards, Directors Guild of America, German Filmpreis, and others. Part one of the trilogy, My Country, My Country (2006), about the U.S. occupation of Iraq, was nominated for an Academy Award. Part two, The Oath (2010), focused on Guantanamo and the War on Terror, and was nominated for two Emmy awards. Astro Noise, her first solo museum exhibition, is at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York through May 1, 2016. She has received many honors for her work, including a MacArthur Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Peabody Award.
Directed by Poitras, Risk’s executive producers are Sam Esmail (creator, executive producer and writer of award-winning television drama Mr. Robot,) David Menschel, AJ Schnack, Charlotte Cook, and Josh Braun. The film is produced by Brenda Coughlin (Dirty Wars) and edited by Melody London (Heart of a Dog). The film is made possible in part by Vital Projects Fund, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Fund, and the Bertha BRITDOC Documentary Journalism Fund.
Risk is produced by Praxis Films in association with First Look Media and Field of Vision. World sales will be handled by Josh Braun of Submarine.