We are almost a 100 days from the end the of the Obama presidency, and the three major organizations for civil rights in the U.S. — Human Rights Watch, the American Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty International — have started a joint campaign for the pardon of Edward Snowden.
With 168,000 signatures (the initial target was 100,000), the online petition for the cause now includes the names George Soros, Steve Wozniak, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, former CIA and FBI agents (like Valerie Plame), and figures from the world of culture and entertainment: Francine Prose, Laurie Anderson, Michael Stipe, Jean Michel Jarre, Danny Glover, Joyce Carol Oates and Daniel Radcliffe. After Citizenfour, the documentary by Laura Poitras, which is not only beautiful but has been “validated” in the mainstream with an Oscar, now Oliver Stone brings to the big screen a great case for the former NSA analyst.
The parable of young patriotic and idealistic Americans who gradually are disillusioned by their government or father figures, who, in their eyes, embodied the American Dream, is a leitmotif that runs through Stone’s filmography. He has often admitted he identifies with these characters. And Snowden is not only thematically close to some of his most famous films, such as Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July and Wall Street, but it finds again the focused energy and effectiveness.