At this point, Alex Gibney — the Oscar-winning documentary director behind Taxi to the Dark Side and many more — seems like the only man that can get inside the politically inflammatory world of current events. It’s like if Errol Morris had made Fog of War while Vietnam was still going on. This subject matter is volatile, immediate and directly impacts our lives.
So if the first goal of a documentary is to find a compelling focus, it’s clear he’s done that again with We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks.
Chronicling the inside world of Julian Assange‘s website, Gibney digs into the largest security breach in United States history — facilitated by Private First Class Bradley Manning — as well as the evasive rock star life of Wikileak’s founder, the concept of controlling information in the digital age and what that means for world powers.
Check out the gripping trailer for yourself:
We Steal Secrets sees a limited release on May 24th.