Laura Poitras is a documentary filmmaker, journalist, and artist. She is currently finishing a trilogy of films about post-9/11 America. The first film, MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY, focused on the Iraq War and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2007. The second, THE OATH, was about Guantanamo, and it won a cinematography award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Poitras is editing the third film, whose focus is NSA mass surveillance.
Poitras’s films have premiered at festivals worldwide and have received honors including a Peabody Award and Emmy nominations. She has taught filmmaking at Duke and Yale Universities. Her work was selected for the 2012 Whitney Biennial, where she held a Surveillance Teach-In. She is the recipient of a 2012 MacArthur Fellowship.
In May 2013 Poitras traveled to Hong Kong with Glenn Greenwald to interview Edward Snowden. Since then she has reported on Snowden’s NSA disclosures for news outlets including The Guardian, Der Spiegel, and The New York Times. Along with Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill, she is co-Founder of THE INTERCEPT. She currently lives in Berlin.