Enemies of the State

Sonia Kennebeck, USA 2020, 105’
Polish premiere
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Some put Matt DeHart's name in line with Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning, others see him as a mere fraudster trying to mask his crimes by pretending to be an activist aggrieved by the American government. DeHart, a former US intelligence analyst associated with the group Anonymous and WikiLeaks, says he discovered documents proving the CIA's involvement in attacks on American soil. Shortly thereafter, he was arrested and convicted of distributing child pornography and soliciting minors online. Is it, as he claims, the government's revenge? Or, maybe, part of a conspiracy against hackers and activists to discredit them before they reveal sensitive data? Was DeHart actually tortured by FBI agents to plead guilty to acts he did not commit? And what was he looking for at the Russian embassy in Washington? Not all answers can be had today, but DeHart 's story plays like a nerdy version of The Bourne Identity and similarly keeps you on the edge of your seat. 

Jakub Demiańczuk

Sonia Kennebeck

Born in 1980, Sonia Kennebeck is a documentary director, producer and investigative journalist. She is also the Founder of the Codebreaker Films company, which produces documentary films devoted to national security and human rights. Her full-length debut National Bird premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and was honored with the Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize, awarded annually to films promoting social justice.


2013 Sex: Made in Germany (doc.)

2016 National Bird (doc.)

2020 Wrogowie publiczni / Enemies of the State (doc.)

2021 United States vs. Reality Winner  (doc.)

Cast & Crew

director Sonia Kennebeck
screenplay Sonia Kennebeck
cinematography Torsten Lapp
editing Theo Anthony
music Maxine Goedicke
cast Joel Widman
producer Ines Hoffman Kanna, Sonia Kennebeck
production Codebreaker Films
sales Codebreaker Films
language English
coloration colour
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