THE SURRENDER (2015) 23 mins.


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, was directed, filmed and edited by Stephen Maing and produced by documentary Oscar winner Laura Poitras (CITIZEN FOUR) for the investigative publication, The Intercept, founded by acclaimed reporter/filmmakers Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill. The film intimately documents Stephen Kim's struggle to understand the events leading up to his prosecution as well as his last free days before prison.

2016 Emmy Award - News & Documentary - Nominaton, Best Short Documentary
2016 World Press Photo Award - First Place, Long Form Documentary
2016 Pictures of the Year International - First Place, Documentary Journalism
2016 New York Press Club - First Place, Best Documentary
2016 Grand Jury Award, Best Short Documentary - Nashville Film Festival
2015 Best Short Documentary - DocNYC [Shared with Pink Boy by Eric Rockey]
2015 Grand Jury Award, Best Short Documentary - Independent Film Festival of Boston
2015 Excellence in Short Filmmaking - Asian American International Film Festival
2015 Best Short Documentary - St. Louis Independent Film Festival

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