Berlin: 'Citizenfour' Director Laura Poitras Named to Documentary Jury

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Laura Poitras

Together with 'Iraqi Odyssey” helmer Samir and Mexican critic Daniela Michel, they will pick the winners of Berlin's non-fiction award.

The Berlin International Film Festival on Thursday named Oscar-winning director Laura Poitras to the documentary film jury for this year's event.

Poitras produced her Academy Award-winning Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour in Berlin to avoid interference by the U.S. government. In addition to the Oscar, Citizenfour won best documentary at the German Film Awards in 2015. Poitras' recent documentary Risk was a look at WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Poitras will be joined by Iraqi director Samir, whose film Iraqi Odyssey screened in Berlin's Panorama sidebar in 2015, and Mexican film critic and festival programmer Daniela Michel.

The trio will judge the 16 non-fiction films screening in all sections of the Berlin festival and will pick the winner of the Glashutte Original Documentary Award.

The prize, which comes with a €50,000 ($54,000) cash bursary, will be announced at the official Berlin festival awards ceremony on Feb. 18.

The 2017 Berlin International Film Festival is set to run Feb. 8-19.