'Citizenfour' Director Calls on Germany to Grant Asylum to Edward Snowden

Laura Poitras - H 2014
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Laura Poitras - H 2014

"My country is on the wrong side of history," says director Laura Poitras as she accepts the German Film Award for best documentary Friday night in Berlin.

Citizenfour director Laura Poitras has called on Germany to grant political asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Poitras made the comment at the gala ceremony for the German Film Awards on Friday, June 19, after Citizenfour, a German-U.S. co-production, won the trophy for best documentary.

"My country is on the wrong side of history," Poitras said, adding she hoped Germany "would lead the way and grant asylum to Edward Snowden." 

Poitras also thanked her German co-production partners for giving her "a safe place" to make Citizenfour. Much of the editing and post-production of the Oscar-winning film was done in Berlin in part to protect the film from censorship before its release.