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'Snowden' hits Russian theatres

Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone and Joseph Gordon-Levitt teamed up for the movie 'Snowden'. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Moscow, Russia Sep 17, 2016, 06.50 AM (IST)
'Snowden', the movie based on whistleblower Edward Snowden released in Russia on Thursday, a day ahead of the US premiere. 

The film is directed by Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, known for his controversial films, which include "JFK," "Natural Born Killers" and "Wall Street."

The movie is based on two books about Snowden, written by The Guardian journalist, Luke Harding and Snowden's Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, Reuters reported. 
 
Snowden sought asylum in Russia after he was stripped of his US passport while travelling from Hong Kong to Moscow. He was granted asylum after almost a month of stay and this is why Russia was chosen for the global theatre release. 


The movie follows the story of Snowden, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a former intelligence contractor with US National Security Agency who leaks thousands of classified government documents in 2013, which revealed mass surveillance programmes used by US and British government. 

Snowden sought asylum in Russia after he was stripped of his US passport while travelling from Hong Kong to Moscow. He was granted asylum after almost a month of stay and this is why Russia was chosen for the global theatre release. 

Victor Michaelson, an associate professor at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow told Reuters: "Snowden lives here. He is always on the top news, on the cover, whenever he gives interviews, or his public appearances, which are rare, but still he is a very popular figure in Russia."

Another movie viewer, Yuri, considers him the hero of the 21st century. 

"He [Snowden] is right about security, about freedom of the people. Of course, everyone needs to know about it, about the truth," he said


(WION with inputs from Reuters)





 
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