Laura Poitras, 48, New York

The Oath (movie)Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp
The founder of Praxis Films, documentarian Poitras takes viewers into worlds they have little visual access to otherwise. A series of feature-length docs focuses on America's war on terror: "My Country, My Country" (2006) shows Iraq struggling to establish a democracy; "The Oath" (2010)... Home Front Communications
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