USA/ 2017/86’

DIRECTED BY: Laura Poitras

SCREENPLAY BY: Laura Poitras

EDITED BY: Erin Casper, Melody London, Laura Poitras

PRODUCED BY: Praxis Films Berlin


  • Golden Eye award, nomination;
  • Cannes Film Festival 2017 Grand Prix;
  • nomination Sheffield Documentary Festival 2017;
  • official selection Sydney Film Festival 2017.

Laura Poitras, Academy Award-winning director of CITIZENFOUR, returns with her most personal and intimate film to date. Filmed over six years, Risk is a complex and volatile character study that collides with a high-stakes election year and its controversial aftermath. Cornered in a tiny building for half a decade, Julian Assange is undeterred even as the legal jeopardy he faces threatens to undermine the organization he leads and fracture the movement he inspired. Capturing this story with unprecedented access, Poitras finds herself caught between the motives and contradictions of Assange and his inner circle.

Laura Poitras

Laura Poitras

Laura is a filmmaker and journalist. Her film Citizenfour won an Oscar for best documentary, as well as awards from BAFTA, Independent Spirit Awards, and the Directors Guild of America. The first film in her post-9/11 trilogy, My Country, My Country, was nominated for an Oscar. The second film, The Oath, was nominated for two Emmys. Her film, Risk premiered at the Cannes film festival in May 2016. She recently exhibited her first solo museum show at the Whitney Museum of American Art.