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The Surrender (2015)

In August 2010, Stephen Kim, a highly-regarded State Department intelligence analyst, was indicted under the Espionage Act for jeopardizing national security by allegedly divulging ... See full summary »

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Stephen Maing (as Stephen T. Maing)

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Stephen Kim
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In August 2010, Stephen Kim, a highly-regarded State Department intelligence analyst, was indicted under the Espionage Act for jeopardizing national security by allegedly divulging classified information to a reporter. Despite numerous officials in the State Department describing Kim's disclosure as nothing extraordinary, he faced 10 to 15 years in prison if convicted at trial. The Surrender intimately documents Stephen Kim's struggle to understand the events leading up to his prosecution as well as his last free days before prison.

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After Stephen Kim's release from prison in 2015, the film was updated with 10 minutes of additional footage, bringing the runtime to 33 minutes. See more »

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Unpleasant
7 May 2017 | by ersbelSee all my reviews

A man has done something. It was deemed wrong by his superiors. And he is going to be punished for that. Sure, others can be promoted for similar acts. And most probably punished for the same act. But the lines have to be blurred to make up a story. To make an upper middle class man a victim of the system that he was playing so well. And here starts the unpleasant part.

The man knows who are the superiors. But this kind of details are forgotten. I can get the actions of the man. He does not want any more trouble. But the weasel reporters are simply using him to generate an exploitation story: nice man crushed by the system. The man is nice because he wears a white shirt. Most probably he is not that nice. But for 30 minutes the producers need a knight in shinny armor.

Why aren't there any names? The system is a monolith. It is an evil emanation without source and of unclear nature. Who is doing what? Nothing. What is hidden by punishing this man? Nothing. Prosecutor? Judge? Nothing. Any question is left unanswered beyond the simple minded "evil system".

And than I see it: Laura Poitras. No names. She does not want to upset anything. She just lives on this vampire story line. If the source would be uncovered people like her would be on social security. So never mind the problems: the viewer should just get upset and late on pay for the next dose of depression.

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