In Conversation with Laura Poitras (All the Beauty and the Bloodshed)

Join us for a conversation between acclaimed filmmaker Laura Poitras, the director of the Oscar-nominated All the Beauty and the Bloodshed with SDI founder Noe Mendelle.

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All The Beauty and the Bloodshed | US | 2022 | 117 min

Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras, All the Beauty and the Bloodshed is an epic, emotional story about internationally renowned artist and activist Nan Goldin told through her slideshows, intimate dialogue, ground-breaking photography and rare footage of her fight to hold the Sackler family accountable for the overdose crisis.

ALL THE BEAUTY AND THE BLOODSHED is the most lauded documentary of 2022 and 2023 having won over 20 awards worldwide including the Golden Lion for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival.

Since its win at Venice, the film has been rightfully considered all the major film awards conversations and has received 36 nominations to date including for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards and BAFTA.

Emotionally gripping, masterfully plotted… The best film about an artist I have ever seen.”- THE SUNDAY TIMES, CULTURE

"A devastating work of shocking intelligence and still greater emotional power." - INDIEWIRE

LAURA POITRAS | Director, Producer

Laura Poitras is a filmmaker and journalist. CITIZENFOUR, the third installment of her post-9/11 Trilogy, won an Academy Award for Best Documentary, along with awards from the British Film Academy, Independent Spirit Awards, Directors Guild of America, German Filmpreis, Gotham Awards and others. Part one of the trilogy, My Country, My Country, about the U.S. occupation of Iraq, was nominated for an Academy Award. Part two, The Oath, focused on Guantanamo and the “war on terror”, and was nominated for two Emmy awards.

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, her collaboration with legendary artist/activist Nan Goldin, is premiering in competition at the Venice Film Festival in 2022, and will be released by Neon. This is her second collaboration with Participant, following CITIZENFOUR.

Her reporting on the NSA’s global mass surveillance won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service with The Guardian and Washington Post. She has received many other honors for her work, including a MacArthur “genius” fellowship and a Peabody Award.

In 2006, the U.S. government placed her on a secret terrorist watchlist and for six years she was detained and interrogated at the U.S. border each time she traveled internationally. According to heavily redacted FBI documents obtained by Poitras through a lawsuit, the FBI conducted physical surveillance of her and launched a classified investigation. In 2014, in the aftermath of the NSA/Snowden revelations, high-level CIA officials lobbied to designate Poitras as an “information broker” and “agent of a foreign power” to pave the way for her prosecution. The effort was not carried out.

Her first solo museum exhibition, Astro Noise, opened at the Whitney Museum in 2016. The exhibition featured a series of immersive installations focusing on the “war on terror.” Her first European exhibition of installations, Circles, opened at Berlin’s n.b.k. gallery in 2021.

Her other films include Risk, Flag Wars, Project X, O’Say Can You See, Death of a Prisoner, The Program, Triple-Chaser, and Terror Contagion.

She is a co-founder of The Intercept, First Look Media, and Field of Vision where she funded and executive produced over 100 documentaries, including five Academy Award nominated films.



24 February 2023, 04.00PM - 05.00PM



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