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    102 min

    • English
    • Arabic
    • Bosnian
    • Dari


    Kirsten Johnson is the woman behind the camera who shot some of the most memorable documentaries to have played at the Sundance Film Festival. This year, she presents an extraordinary and deeply poetic documentary of her own, which investigates what it means to film and be filmed. As a visually radical memoir, CAMERAPERSON draws on the remarkable footage that Johnson has shot and reframes it in ways that illuminate moments and situations that have personally affected her. What emerges is an elegant meditation on the relationship between truth and the camera frame, as Johnson transforms scenes that have been presented on Festival screens as one kind of truth into another kind of story—one about personal journey, craft, and direct human connection.


    • Golden Gate Documentary Award - San Francisco IFF
    • Grand Jury Award - Sheffield Doc/Fest



    Kirsten Johnson
    Nels Bangerter
    Amanda Laws


    Cinematographer Kirsten Johnson delivers a uniquely insightful memoir-cum-critical-treatise on the nature and ethics of her craft.

    Nick Schager, Variety

    CAMERAPERSON offers a fascinating and personal glimpse of the world.

    Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian

    Stirring and poignant, with a tangible sense of empathy intact in every frame.

    Katie Walsh, Indiewire

    A veteran cinematographer constructs a memoir out of high-profile documentaries.

    John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

    A film that is unlike anything I’ve seen and unlike anything we’re going to see at any point in the future because it’s wholly unique.

    Eric Hynes, Film Comment Podcast

    Kirsten Johnson

    Kirsten Johnson


    Kirsten Johnson works as a director and a cinematographer. Her most recent work as a cinematographer appears in CITIZENFOUR, BORN TO FLY: ELIZABETH STREB VS. GRAVITY and THE WOUND AND THE GIFT. She shared the 2010 Sundance Documentary Competition Cinematography Award with Laura Poitras for THE OATH and shot the Tribeca Film Festival 2008 Documentary winner, PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL. Her cinematography is also featured in FARENHEIT 9/11, Academy Award-nominated ASYLUM, Emmy-winning LADIES FIRST, and Sundance premiere documentaries, A PLACE AT THE TABLE, THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED, AMERICAN STANDOFF, and DERRIDA. Her documentary CAMERAPERSON premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival New Frontier program and was short-listed for an Academy Award. It received three 2017 Cinema Eye Honors, including 'Outstanding Nonfiction Feature'.