Director Laura Poitras on Death Threats: ‘Some Things Are Possible Only Because You Take Risks’ (Video)

Power Women Breakfast New York: Oscar-winning documentarian joins attorney Lisa Bloom and NYC Public Advocate Letitia James at event

Last Updated: August 12, 2019 @ 4:14 PM

Oscar-winning documentarian Laura Poitras acknowledged that she has sometimes taken her life into her hands to make films like “Citizenfour” and the new Julian Assange profile “Risks.”

“There have been many times I have been afraid for my life,” Poitras told TheWrap founder and CEO Sharon Waxman at Thursday’s Power Women Breakfast New York. “But some things are possible only because you take risks.”

Poitras said that many people warned her not to meet Edward Snowden for her movie “Citizenfour,” but she “couldn’t live” without doing it.

The filmmaker, whose investigation of WikiLeaks had her placed on a terrorist watch list, said Trump ran on a “white supremacist, misogynistic” platform. She also said the government considers her an “anti-American filmmaker.”

Poitras was joined on the panel by attorney Lisa Bloom and New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, who also had Trump on her mind.

She referred to the president as “Agent Orange” and calling for opposition to the Republicans’ health care proposal. “We’ve got to rise and we’ve got to resist,” she said. “We’ve got to kill that bill because that bill will kill us.”

The Power Women Breakfast series brings together influential women of entertainment, media, technology and brands in key cities to network and connect. TheWrap has built a broad community of professional women who are decision makers and mothers, leaders and wives, innovators and activists.

The franchise is now in four cities Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

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