Points North, Opera House screen ‘Risk'

Jun 08, 2017
“Risk,” Oscar-winning documentarian Laura Poitras’ film about Julian Assange, pictured, will be this month’s CIFF Selects film.

Camden — The Points North Institute and the Camden Opera House continue their monthly CIFF Selects series with “Risk” (2016, Germany/USA), the latest documentary from Academy Award-winning director Laura Poitras (“Citizenfour”), Wednesday, June 21, at 7 p.m. at the downtown opera house, Elm Street/Route 1.

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.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share the latest film from one of documentary’s most recognized artists,” said Ben Fowlie, executive director of the Points North Institute. “It’s an absolutely complex film, and one that provides opportunities for audiences to engage in dialog around a number of complicated issues.”

This screening is co-presented by the Camden Conference and the Camden Opera House. CIFF Selects screenings are held on the third Wednesday of each month, except for October; upcoming dates are July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20, Oct. 11 and Nov. 15. Q&As with filmmakers, either in person or via Skype, follow select screenings. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on the day of show at the Camden Opera House box office; for more information, visit camdenoperahouse.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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