Julian Assange and Sarah Harrison. Image courtesy of Praxis Films


Fall 2017

Past Events

November 16, 2017


The Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room
Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W. 129 St.
New York, NY 10027


November 16, 2017 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Followed by a conversation with Laura Poitras, Alex Abdo, and Maureen A. Ryan


Filmed over six years, Risk is a complex and volatile character study that collides with a high stakes election year and it’s controversial aftermath. Cornered in a tiny building for half a decade, Julian Assange is undeterred even as the legal jeopardy he faces threatens to undermine the organization he leads and fracture the movement he inspired. Capturing this story with unprecedented access, Poitras finds herself caught between the motives and contradictions of Assange and his inner circle.


In a new world order where a single keystroke can alter history, Risk is a portrait of power, betrayal, truth, and sacrifice.


Following the screening, director Laura Poitras discussed the film with Alex Abdo, Knight First Amendment Institute, and Maureen A. Ryan, Film.


Co-presented by Columbia University School of the Arts and the Knight First Amendment Institute.