Opens Friday, May 12
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1hr 27mins // directed by:Laura Poitras // featuring:Julian Assange, Sarah Harrison, Jacob Appelbaum // CC, Assisted Listening

Laura Poitras, Academy Award winning director of Citizenfour, returns with her most personal and intimate film to date. Filmed over six years, Risk is a complex and volatile character study that collides with a high stakes election year and its controversial aftermath.

Cornered in a tiny building for half a decade, Julian Assange is undeterred even as the legal jeopardy he faces threatens to undermine the organization he leads and fracture the movement he inspired. Capturing this story with unprecedented access, Poitras finds herself caught between the motives and contradictions of Assange and his inner circle. In a new world order where a single keystroke can alter history, Risk is a portrait of power, betrayal, truth, and sacrifice. 

"Laura Poitras first made a supportive documentary of Assange and Wikileaks, but then they had a falling out. The new version is dramatically new and better work." — Eric Kohn, IndieWire


"And what is truth? And what’s journalism? So I think the film is trying to not so much answer those questions, but to express them. I feel that we’re in this really dark historical moment, politically speaking, in this country, and I hope that the film captures that." — Laura Poitras