2014 Best Documentary Winner

Citizenfour

Citizenfour didn’t get the highest score from me upon initial review of all these nominees, in part because real world circumstances prevented it from really having an ending, but despite that I still think this is the documentary of the year.  The film gives its audience the feeling of having a front row seat to history, and that’s kind of hard to ignore, but this isn’t just winning because it had incredible access.  Poitras also creates a really captivating sense of justified paranoia and also gives almost a crazy spy movie aura.  It’s a hell of an accomplishment.

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