Silenced

  • James Spione
  • United States
  • 2014
  • 104 min
  • European Premiere
  • Of Media and Men
What happened to the man who exposed waterboarding? And what are the consequences of making public such illegal intelligence-gathering techniques by the U.S. government? In this revealing documentary, three prominent whistle-blowers explain how everything changed radically after 9/11. John Kiriakou (former CIA), Thomas Drake (former NSA) and Jesselyn Radack (lawyer and former ethics consultant to the American Department of Justice) talk candidly to filmmaker James Spione about their “leaks”: how they made public the illegal, even criminal practices of their own government, facing a choice between career and conscience that put their very lives at risk. Following their revelations they were fired, isolated, cast into a financial abyss or even tried and incarcerated. The stories of these whistle-blowers are told through interviews, excerpts from appearances in the media, official documents and reenacted scenes. Tense as a John le Carré thriller, this documentary by Oscar® nominee Spione (Incident in New Baghdad, 2011) shows how the worldview of this courageous trio changed forever. In the words of John Kiriakou, “I’m not sure anymore who the good guys are.”

Credits

  • 104 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: English
Director
James Spione
Production
Daniel Chalfen for Naked Edge Films, James Spione for Morninglight Films, Inc
Executive producer
Jim Butterworth for Naked Edge Films, Philippa Kowarsky for Cinephil, Thomas Morgan for Reframed Pictures, Susan Sarandon for Reframed Pictures, Charlie Annenberg Weingarten for Unjustus
Cinematography
John Molinelli, James Spione
Editing
James Spione

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