Laura Poitras is no stranger to conflict. After making her directorial debut in 2003 with Flag Wars, a provocative examination of tensions stirred by urban gentrification in Columbus, Ohio, Poitras traveled to Iraq for her 2006 follow-up, the Oscar-nominated documentary My Country, My Country, in which she monitored America’s occupation during a six-month period leading to the 2005 national election.
Leslie and Andrew Cockburn are no strangers to scandals. In fact, they’ve spent much of their professional lives exposing them, both in print and on the screen.
After working in NBC’s London news bureau, Leslie, who grew up in San Francisco and was among the first women to graduate from Yale, covered America’s Contra War in Nicaragua for CBS during the ’80s. Out of Control, her written account of the conflict and the arms-for-hostages controversy that followed, earned her the prestigious George Polk Award for excellence in journalism.