Isidora Lopez-Venegas is the mother of an autistic U.S. citizen son. She was arrested by Border Patrol and told — wrongly —that she could easily obtain legal status through her son once she was in Mexico. In fact, once outside the United States, she would have to wait approximately 10 years before returning home to California. But if she had seen an immigration judge, she could have presented her strong claims to stay. Instead Isidora, accompanied by her son, had to leave the United States. They were only able to return home after the ACLU filed a lawsuit.
A video introduction by Edward Snowden kicked off a German screening of CITIZENFOUR, which opened the documentary film festival Dok Leipzig on Monday evening.
Snowden explained that he was moved to record the statement – his first such introduction since CITIZENFOUR premiered at the New York Film Festival earlier this month – because of Leipzig's inspiring history. The city is considered the birthplace of the East German democracy movement, where the "Monday demonstrations" that paved the way for the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 began. "Ordinary people against extraordinary powers reminded us that the legitimacy of governments is derived from the consent of the people that they're governing," Snowden says. Watch below:
Citizenfour, Laura Poitras' groundbreaking documentary about the whistleblower and the mass surveillance system he exposed, was released in four cities this past Friday to rave reviews. See here when it's coming to a theater near you.