AFI Docs has named Academy Award-winning documentarian and Field of Vision co-founder Laura Poitras as the 2017 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree.
The symposium takes place during the 15th edition of the AFI Docs festival, which runs from June 14 to 18 and will showcase 103 films from 28 countries, and recognizes “masters of the non-fiction art form.”
On June 16, Poitras (pictured) will participate in an in-depth presentation of her work and a discussion at interactive museum Newseum.
Poitras’ latest film Risk, a six-year project following WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, provides an exclusive look into the controversial Australian Internet activist and the divisive non-profit whistleblowing organization he founded in 2006. The film was released by Neon, the distribution shingle launched by Tom Quinn and Tim League, on May 5 and will air on Showtime this summer.
Her past works include the Academy Award-winning investigative doc Citizenfour (2014), a portrait of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, The Oath (2010), My Country, My Country (2006) and Flag Wars (2003).
Poitras joins a list of acclaimed filmmakers previously honored by the documentary festival, including Barbara Kopple, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Spike Lee, Albert Maysles, Chris hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker, Errol Morris, Alex Gibney, Stanley Nelson and Werner Herzog.
“Poitras has the extraordinary instinct and ability to put her camera in the heart of history as it unfolds, regardless of the risk,” said AFI Docs director Michael Lumpkin in a statement. “Using her keen eye, Poitras reveals worlds just beyond what we can see. We are honored to celebrate her remarkable career and dedication to the documentary form.”