Decades before the world knew the names of Edward Snowden or Julian Assange, there was the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI. During the height of the Vietnam War, eight ordinary citizens covertly entered their local FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania with the objective of stealing potentially incriminating files and leaking them to the press. What they left with would unearth a highly classified civilian surveillance and intimidation program and change the protocol of government surveillance in America forever.
In 1971, director Johanna Hamilton skillfully splices together archival footage and confessions to reveal the methods and identities of the perpetrators for the first time. Created on the heels of the NSA scandal and in the era of WikiLeaks, the striking expose begs the question: who's watching the watchmen?