Oscar and Emmy nominated documentary filmmaker/journalist Laura Poitras repeatedly detained at border
If you’re not somebody who films the devastation wrought by the U.S. on the countries it attacks, or provides insight into Iraqi occupation opponents and bin Laden loyalists in Yemen, or documents expanding NSA activities on U.S. soil, then perhaps you’re unlikely to be subjected to such abuses and therefore perhaps unlikely to care much. As is true for all states that expand and abuse their own powers, that’s what the U.S. Government counts on: that it is sending the message that none of this will affect you as long as you avoid posing any meaningful challenges to what they do. In other words: you can avoid being targeted if you passively acquiesce to what they do and refrain from interfering in it. That’s precisely what makes it so pernicious, and why it’s so imperative to find a way to rein it in.
Laura will be in conversation with Dennis Lim at the Whitney on Saturday, June 2nd at 4pm and she will also be presenting clips from the last (in progress) film of her “9/11 Trilogy” project. Information can be found here on all her Whitney events. Definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area.