Cameraperson

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USA | 2016 | 102 minutes | Kirsten Johnson

September 28 - October 6, 2016

SIFF Cinema Uptown | Exclusive Presentation
Wed Sep 28 | Skype Q&A with director Kirsten Johnson
Theatrical engagement opens Fri Sep 30
Documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson (Citizenfour, Fahrenheit 9/11) has spent decades traveling the world, amassing a treasure trove of footage that she has assembled into an insightful, visually bold memoir about the power of images.

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 collected 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 hybrid 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.

  • Director: Kirsten Johnson
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 102 minutes
  • Language: Various (English subtitles)