Hong Kong Filmmakers Create A Short Film On Edward Snowden's Life (VIDEO)

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The world's first short movie about Edward Snowden has catapulted a group of amateur filmmakers in Hong Kong into the international spotlight.

The world's first short movie about Edward Snowden has catapulted a group of amateur filmmakers in Hong Kong into the international spotlight.

Named after Snowden's alias, "Verax" focuses on the former U.S. spy agency contractor's secretive Hong Kong stay, after leaking details of top-secret U.S. and British government mass surveillance programs.

So far, the five minute feature has attracted more than 150,000 views on YouTube.

Freelance filmmaker, Edwin Lee, sprang into action two days after a video interview of Snowden was posted on The Guardian website, revealing he was in Hong Kong, sparking media frenzy.

The former journalist said the group of four co-directors and co-producers debated creating a spoof or an action film, but instead opted for a more measured approach.

Taking advantage of the current interest in their film, the filmmakers will bring "Verax" to film festivals in San Francisco and Berlin this summer.

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