This review article considers three works by the distinguished documentary filmmaker
Laura Poitras: My country, my country (2006); The oath (2010); and the recently
released Citizenfour (2014), focusing on the whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
Poitras describes these works as a trilogy about American power after 9/11, but
they are also about disobedience and resistance, or the problem of dissent. The
article argues for the significance (and the virtue) of Poitras’s project, as film maker
and troublemaker, and for the necessity of what Solzhenitsyn calls civil valour. You can listen to Alex Danchev discussing his review article in IA's March podcast here http://cht.hm/1N5JeoK