Laura Poitras on Edward Snowden, spying and her Oscar-nominated film Citizenfour

Filmmaker Laura Poitras talks to CBC's Amanda Lang about her Oscar-nominated film Citizenfour and the process of working with whistleblower Edward Snowden, who approached her anonymously and offered leaked NSA documents.

'A bit of a mystery,' says director of her film about the famous whistleblower

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Laura Poitras talks about what it was like to be Edward Snowden's first contact over leaked NSA documents. 12:05

Filmmaker Laura Poitras talks to CBC News about her film Citizenfour and the process of working with whistleblower Edward Snowden, a former intelligence analyst who leaked documents detailing the NSA's domestic spying program.

Poitras tells CBC's Amanda Lang about Snowden's initial — anonymous — approach, the decision to meet him and the process behind her Oscar-nominated documentary.

"People talk about the film sometimes and they describe it as sort of a bit of a mystery," Poitras says. "And that’s what it felt like."

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