Laura Poitras, Academy Award winning director of CITIZENFOUR, has created 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. Executive Produced by Sam Esmail, creator of Mr. Robot.
"However you feel about Assange — and about risk, secrecy, and so many other things touched on by this film — it’s a story that demands watching."
"Ultimately, Poitras offers up a poignant, touching, cool, updated and totally engrossing view into the man behind the headlines..."
"...if you care about what’s happening to the internet and to global politics, it’s essential viewing."
"'Risk' doesn't burnish the Assange myth - it injects you into the bloodstream of the Assange story."
"It's impossible to divorce the viewing experience from the knowledge of how much risk [Poitras] herself has taken to produce it, which only adds to the exigency of her film."