Laura Poitras

Moving Image, 2008

Laura Poitras was nominated for an Academy Award and Independent Spirit Award for My Country, My Country (2006), which was released in the U.S. by Zeitgeist Films and broadcast on PBS’s P.O.V. Both My Country, My Country and The Oath (2010) are part of a trilogy titled “The New American Century,” about post-9/11 America. Poitras is currently working on The Guantanamo Project, a multimedia project to collect documents and artifacts from Guantanamo Bay Prison. Poitras is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and Peabody Award. Before making documentaries, she worked as a professional chef. Poitras lives in New York City and teaches documentary filmmaking at Yale University.

Awards and Accomplishments


Poitras receives the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Outstanding Director of the Year Award for Citizenfour


Poitras receives a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for her work with the Washington Post to break the Snowden Story


Poitras receives the George Polk Award for National Security Reporting


Poitras is included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial


Poitras is awarded a MacArthur "Genius" Grant


Poitras presents in the Creative Time Summit

2010: The Oath receives Excellence in Cinematography Award: U.S. Documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival

2010: Poitras is in residence at MacDowell Colony for the month of August

2008: Poitras receives Tribeca Film Institute Fellowship for _Release_