Celebrate Open Access Week with York University Libraries by attending a free public screening of the Oscar-winning film Citizenfour on Oct. 28.
The film depicts the disclosure by Edward Snowden of National Security Agency (NSA) spying secrets to the film’s producer Laura Poitras, as well as to journalists Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill.
The documents leaked by NSA insider Snowden to the media led to an international scandal concerning the extent and illegality of the NSA’s surveillance programs. This film expands on the themes of Open Access Week by exploring what it means to pursue radical openness on matters of intense public interest in the face of government opposition.
“The Libraries are pleased to present this important film to the York community,” said Joy Kirchner, University librarian. “We also hope that people will use this event as an opportunity to learn more about the Open Access movement.”
The screening will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 2:30 to 5pm in the Sound & Moving Image Library screening room on the first floor of Scott Library.
Open Access Week is an annual international celebration of the principles of the Open Access movement, which asserts that the public has the right to freely access research online, particularly research that has been produced with public funds.
York University Libraries supports Open Access publishing in a number of ways, including through the York University Open Access Author Fund and institutional memberships with various Open Access publishers. For more information, visit the York University Libraries’ Open Access Publishing Toolkit.