2016 | USA | NR | 102 min.


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Film Info
Section:US Official Selection: Documentary
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Release Year:2016
Runtime:102 min.
Production Country:USA
Original Language:Arabic
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Kirsten Johnson
Produced by:Kirsten Johnson
Cinematography:Kirsten Johnson


Acclaimed documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson has spent her entire career behind the camera, unseen but ever present, making decisions to frame a shot in a certain way in “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” or to zoom in on a subject at a particular moment in “Citizenfour” or “Fahrenheit 9/11.” For “Cameraperson,” Johnson assembled footage from her 25-year career to create a visual memoir collage that raises complicated questions about the nature and ethics of documentary filmmaking. While filming a Bosnian toddler who is trying to play with an ax, Johnson is heard muttering a terrified “Oh Jesus!” when his hands get perilously close to the blade— but she doesn’t interfere. She records what happens, good or bad. The balance between compassionately telling the stories of others and becoming part of the stories is explored with bracing intensity and insight in one of the year’s most buzzed-about films. In Person: Director Kirsten Johnson.