Laura Poitras is a filmmaker and journalist. CITIZENFOUR, the third film in a trilogy about post-9/11 America, won an Oscar for best documentary, as well as awards from BAFTA, Independent Spirit Awards, and the Director’s Guild of America. Part one of the trilogy, My Country, My Country, about the occupation of Iraq, was nominated for an Oscar and Independent Spirit Award. Part two, The Oath, on Guantánamo Bay Prison, was nominated for two Emmy awards. Her reporting on NSA mass surveillance received the George Polk Award for National Security journalism, and shared in the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service.
She recently completed her first solo museum exhibition, Astro Noise, at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is a co-creator of Field of Vision, a visual journalism unit that commissions short-form films and series.
She is currently working with the Electronic Frontier Foundation to sue the U.S. government to discover why she was placed on a terrorist watchlist.