Director Laura Poitras took home an Academy Award over the weekend for Citizenfour, her documentary that chronicled former information analyst Edward Snowden’s decision to leak confidential reports on government surveillance by the National Security Agency. For those who didn’t get to see Citizenfour during its limited theatrical release, the film will air tonight on HBO.
The 9pm ET broadcast of Citizenfour on HBO will be its television premiere, meaning that HBO Go subscribers will have an easy way to see the Oscar-winning film just after its big night. The film is also available to download via iTunes, but it doesn’t appear to be available on Amazon Instant Video yet.
After the film took home an Oscar last night, Poitras included Snowden in her acceptance speech.
“The disclosures that Edward Snowden reveals don’t only expose a threat to our privacy but to our democracy itself,” she said after taking the stage. “When the most important decisions being made, affecting all of us, are made in secret, we lose our ability to check the powers that control. Thank you to Edward Snowden, for his courage, and for the many other whistleblowers.”
Snowden himself issued a statement responding to the film’s Oscar win, offering his comments from Russia, where he’s currently living in asylum.
“When Laura Poitras asked me if she could film our encounters, I was extremely reluctant,” he wrote. “I’m grateful that I allowed her to persuade me. The result is a brave and brilliant film that deserves the honor and recognition it has received. My hope is that this award will encourage more people to see the film and be inspired by its message that ordinary citizens, working together, can change the world.”
Citizenfour airs tonight (February 23) at 9pm ET on HBO.