Meet the Filmmaker: Laura Poitras

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Home Town:
Inspiration for film:
On-going existence of Guantanamo Bay Prison
Female Role Model:
Louise Bourgeois, Patti Smith, Virginia Woolf, Chantel Akerman
Favorite Recipe:
I like cooking without recipes
Favorite  Book:
Underworld, Crime & Punishment
Film Fetish:
Laura Poitras is currently working on a trilogy of films about America post 9/11.  The first film, MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY (2006), follows an Iraqi doctor in Baghdad. The second film, THE OATH (2010), is set in Yemen and Guantanamo and tells the story of Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard, and Salim Hamdan, a prisoner at Guantanamo facing war crime charges. The final film will focus on domestic surveillance.
MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY was nominated for an Academy Award, Independent Spirit Award, and Emmy Award. THE OATH received the Cinematography award at Sundance, the Grand Jury award at Edinburgh Film Festival, Special Jury prizes at Hot Docs and Full Frame, and the True Vision Award at True/False. She received a Peabody Award and was nominated for both an Emmy and Independent Spirit Award for FLAG WARS (2003), a film directed by Linda Goode Bryant.

Laura is the recipient of a Guggenheim and Media Arts Fellowships. She has attended the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Storytelling Lab as both a Fellow and creative advisor. Her work has received support from the Independent Television Service (ITVS), P.O.V./American Documentary, Creative Capital, Sundance Documentary Film Program, Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, Vital Projects Fund, NYSCA, Tribeca Film Institute, Rockefeller Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Chicken and Egg Pictures, the MacDowell Artist Colony and others.
Before making documentaries, she worked as a chef. She lives in New York City.