‘Enemies of the State’ Film Review: Powerful Documentary Cuts to the Heart of Internet-Era Persecution and Paranoia

‘Enemies of the State’ Film Review: Powerful Documentary Cuts to the Heart of Internet-Era Persecution and Paranoia
This review of “Enemies of the State” was first published after the film’s debut at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

Was hacker Matthew DeHart a whistleblower, a spy or a child pornographer? Or some combination of the above? Watching the provocative new documentary “Enemies of the State,” your opinion may shift more than once, as director Sonia Kennebeck (“National Bird”) pursues both the elusive nature of truth and the seductive qualities of conspiracy theories.

Featuring interviews with the key players alongside dramatized re-creations — the documentary pioneer of this method, Errol Morris, acts an executive producer here — Kennebeck takes us deep inside one family’s harrowing ordeal and pulls the rug out from our assumptions and prejudices, offering an array of contradicting experts whose judgment and assertions shift in their credibility.

The facts are these: Air National Guard veteran Matt DeHart, who purports to be involved with on-line whistleblowers Anonymous and Wikileaks,
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