First Trailer for Laura Poitras’s Doc ‘Terror Contagion’ on Cyberwarfare

First Trailer for Laura Poitras’s Doc ‘Terror Contagion’ on Cyberwarfare

by Alex Billington
January 26, 2022
Source: YouTube

Terror Contagion Trailer

“What we’re seeing is this escalation.” We’re now in the era of cyberwarfare. Neon has revealed an official trailer for the documentary short Terror Contagion, a 25-min film made by Oscar-winning doc filmmaker Laura Poitras (Citizenfour, Risk). The film premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival last year, and is being considered for Best Documentary Short at the upcoming Oscars this year. Terror Contagion is a visual study of the investigation by Forensic Architecture into the Israeli cyberweapons manufacturer NSO Group and the use of its “Pegasus” malware to target journalists and human rights defenders worldwide. You may have heard about this software, as it has been found on the phones of many of the most high profile people in the world, and is being used by nefarious agencies to achieve their goals of dominance and control. Scary.

Here’s the official trailer (+ poster) for Laura Poitras’ doc Terror Contagion, direct from YouTube:

Terror Contagion Poster

In Terror Contagion, Academy Award- winner Laura Poitras teams with Forensic Architecture to expose the NSO Group, an Israeli cyberweapons firm. NO’s spyware has enabled corrupt governments around the world to terrorize activists and journalists, including the unconscionable murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Together, Poitras and Forensic Architecture craft a powerful, urgent look at the rising threat of the surveillance state and its implications worldwide. Terror Contagion is directed by award-winning American producer / journalist / filmmaker Laura Poitras, director of the doc films Flag Wars, My Country My Country, The Oath, Citizenfour, and Risk previously. It’s produced by Yoni Golijov, Laura Poitras, and Anonymous. This first premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival last year. Neon will debut Terror Contagion streaming on VOD starting this week. You can watch the film now on Neon’s website here.

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