"He’d stopped identifying as queer, so I fled to women’s country and he got the straight POC zones in the divorce. Zones that didn’t know what to do with us, how to hold him accountable or keep me safe. Zones that said, “Maybe he has food allergies and that’s why he’s violent.” “Maybe he’s had therapy and changed - how do you know?” …"
"Poitras couldn’t bring herself to watch all the raw footage—she was protecting herself from overwhelming emotion. She said of her encounter with Snowden, “There were things that happened that I’ve never experienced before. I saw things in the footage that I had no memory of.” Bonnefoy watched all twenty hours, and afterward had to lie down. “It was clear that here was someone who had decided to sacrifice his life, like a suicide,” she said. Bonnefoy realized that the film had to be Snowden’s. The painful process of what she called “shedding characters” took months. Appelbaum and Assange, central figures in the early stages of filming, receded, while Binney, the older N.S.A. whistle-blower, gained new importance as a Snowden predecessor who had tried to work within official channels and been crushed."