2014 R 1h 53m Blu-ray / DVD

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2014 R 1h 53m Blu-ray / DVD
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This tension-fueled documentary from filmmaker Laura Poitras follows her 2013 journey to Hong Kong to meet with whistleblower Edward Snowden as he was preparing to release a wealth of classified government documents.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Citizenfour is a 2014 Oscar-winning documentary covering the tension-filled days before, during, and after whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed the depth and extent of NSA/U.S. government surveillance of its own citizens as well as citizens in many other countries. In one scene, "f--k" is used repeatedly in conversation. Whether you agree or disagree with Snowden's actions, this documentary, just like the revelations Snowden's leaks revealed, should inspire discussion among families on topics such as the power of one person to change the world, privacy, how much is "too much" when it comes to governments protecting their citizens through surveillance, government oppression and suppression, the effect massive surveillance has on its citizenry, and what freedom means in light of Snowden's revelations.

Sexual Content

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Though mostly contained in one scene, "f--k" is repeated multiple times.

Social Behavior

The power of one person to bring about profound change is shown through talk and example. Shows the power of investigative journalism to inform the public of what governments would rather people not know.


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Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

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  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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