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Kirsten Johnson / United States / 2016 / 102 ' / English - Bosnian - Arabic - Dari - Hausa / S.T. English


Nels Bangerter & Amanda Laws
Kirsten Johnson
Eric Milano
David Matorin
Kirsten Johnson & Marilyn Ness
Big Mouth Productions
Fork Films
Salsan Aldawodi
Naheed Bahram
Ishak Jalimam
Amy Kasi
Huma Pir Mohammad
Amin Palangi
Aida Šehovic
Ivan Vuksanovic
Bahara Yazdani
Executive Producers: Abigail Disney, Gini Reticker
Co-Producer: Danielle Varga

Awards & Festivals

Grand Jury Award, Sheffield International Documentary Festival, 2016
Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival, 2016
Best Documentary Feature, Sarasota Film Festival, 2016
Feature Documentary Award, DOXA Documentary Film Festival, 2016

Upcoming Screenings

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In Production

Kirsten Johnson has lensed politically provocative documentaries for 25 years. In this unforgettable film, she shares the moments that made their deepest marks.


What does it mean to film another person? How does it affect that person - and what does it do to the one who films? 

A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home: these scenes and others are woven into CAMERAPERSON, a tapestry of footage captured over the twenty-five-year career of documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. Through a series of episodic juxtapositions, Johnson explores the relationships between image makers and their subjects, the tension between the objectivity and intervention of the camera, and the complex interaction of unfiltered reality and crafted narrative. A work that combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry, Cameraperson is both a moving glimpse into one filmmaker’s personal journey and a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world.


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