Runtime: 87 minutes
Germany / USA
14A: coarse language, disturbing images
Directed by Laura Poitras
Starring: Julian Assange
Languages: English, German and Spanish (with English subtitles)
Rated 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes!
Synopsis: How much of your own life are you willing to risk? 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.
Risk is an incredibly gripping work, one made with an unprecedented level of access to Assange, but for all its intimacy, it still struggles to nail down its target. -The Atlantic
The film makes a overwhelming case for Assange as a political prisoner. But Poitras doesn’t yield to hagiography. -Sight and Sound
Laura Poitras doesn’t indulge in score-settling cheap shots, but seriously grapples with her contradictory subject. -Slant Magazine