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Edward Snowden's life inspires art

Monday, July 08, 2013 - 01:18

July 8 - Hong Kong filmmakers create a short film about the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor's life. Alicia Powell reports.

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The world's first short movie about Edward Snowden has catapulted a group of amateur filmmakers in Hong Kong into the international spotlight. Named after Snowden's alias, "Verax" focuses on the former U.S. spy agency contractor's secretive Hong Kong stay, after leaking details of top-secret U.S. and British government mass surveillance programs. So far, the five minute feature has attracted more than 150,000 views on YouTube. Freelance filmmaker, Edwin Lee, sprang into action two days after a video interview of Snowden was posted on The Guardian website, revealing he was in Hong Kong, sparking a media frenzy. The former journalist said the group of four co-directors and co-producers debated creating a spoof or an action film, but instead opted for a more measured approach. SOUNDBITE: Edwin Lee, film maker, saying (English): "I guess the more we knew about Snowden, the more we kind of thought, you know he's kind of a sensitive topic. I mean, we don't want to do anything that kind of hurts him, or affects what he's trying to do. I mean we really respect Snowden for, I mean he's really brave for what he's doing." Taking advantage of the current interest in their film, the filmmakers will bring "Verax" to film festivals in San Francisco and Berlin this summer.

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Edward Snowden's life inspires art

Monday, July 08, 2013 - 01:18

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