Synopsis: Filmed over six years, Risk (2016) is a 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, director Laura Poitras finds herself caught between the motives and contradictions of Assange and his inner circle.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Laura Poitras
Production: NEON
  4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
86 min

Thank you.


Do you want to cheers?

Um, most people have

Very strong principled stances

Don't survive

for long, actually.

We all want them

to survive for long,

But they don't survive for long

And do much at the same time.

And do much at the same time.


- There are many times in

wikileaks' evolution

Where I've had

to be ruthlessly pragmatic,

So it is, to...

Understand the medium-term

Or the long-term goal

in principle,

But in fact,

not corrupt your principles

In the short term,

but be quite willing

To balance one for another

In order to actually survive

the moment.


Egypt. You got it?

- Yeah.

- Zimbabwe.


All they can see

is that we've put it

On the web,

which looks irresponsible.

- Have you got

the u. S. Embassy yet?

- No.

- Well, please do that.

Are you recording?

- Yep.

Oh, hello. Can I please speak

to hillary clinton?

I'm calling from the office

of julian assange.

It's very important.

Yep, so julian assange

is the founder of wikileaks.


And all of the u. S. Department

Of state cables-

We have intelligence

that they are about to be

Put on the web unredacted,

not by us,

And I would like

to speak to her about this.



You need to call me back?

This is an emergency.

You're the emergency line

and it will take a while?

Okay. Well, do you want to do

that right now, and I'll wait?

He would like to speak

to her about that.


Okay, well, let me start

by giving you phone number.

One moment, please.

he's not doing it.

More details other than

the entire unredacted

Cable set is about

to go on the internet?

I mean literally

it's about to happen.

I don't understand...

Why you're not seeing

the urgency in this.

- Just put him on anyway.

Who is he?

- Okay.

- Who is he?


Good day, chad,

this is julian assange.

To try to make it clear,

we don't have a problem;

You have a problem,

And we are trying to help you

solve your problem,

Because we are indirectly

connected to your problem.

I would like to speak

to the most senior person

Available who can execute

an action quickly

To send someone

to location here in norfolk.

- I understand. Thank you.

Thank you for your call.

- Okay.

Okay. Thank you. Bye bye.

- Hello.

- See you tomorrow.

- Are you off?

- Bye.

- Dinner's on the side.

- What's for dinner, sue?

- Lamb chops, roast potatoes,


Crme brule and raspberries.

Thank you.

Very grand.

- Thank you.

- See you tomorrow. 3:30. Bye.


Production journal.

I had a strange dream

about julian.

I was moving between

two spaces.

One, doing an insider expos,

The other at a hidden location.

I didn't tell julian what

I was working on in the dream.

The anxiety

must be a fear of betrayal,

And my worry about

how julian will react.

With this film, the lines

have become very blurred.

Sometimes I can't believe

what julian allows me to film.

Ego, yes,

but also brave.

He is managing his image,

but also being vulnerable.

It's a mystery to me

why he trusts me,

Because I don't think

he likes me.



- Hello,

is this ms. Harrison?

- Speaking.

- Hi, ms. Harrison,

This is the state department

operations center.

We spoke yesterday.

If mr. Assange is available,

I have one of the secretary's

lawyers on the line

Who has been asked

to return the call

On the department

of state's behalf.

One of the secretary's lawyers

to take the call.

- Good day, cliff.

Thank you for calling back.

Um, have-have-

have you been briefed?

Um, I believe so.

We had understood that

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Laura Poitras

Laura Poitras (; born February 2, 1964) is an American director and producer of documentary films. She lives in New York City.Poitras has received numerous awards for her work, including the 2015 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for Citizenfour, about Edward Snowden, while My Country, My Country received a nomination in the same category in 2007. She won the 2013 George Polk Award for "national security reporting" related to the NSA disclosures. The NSA reporting by Poitras, Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill, and Barton Gellman contributed to the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service awarded jointly to The Guardian and The Washington Post.She is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, 2012 MacArthur Fellow, the creator of Field of Vision, and one of the initial supporters of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. more…

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