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Kirsten Johnson

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About the Movie

A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home with the director: Kirsten Johnson weaves these scenes and others into her film Cameraperson, a tapestry of footage captured over her twenty-five-year career as a documentary cinematographer. 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 with crafted narrative. A work that combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry, Cameraperson is a moving glimpse into one filmmaker’s personal journey and a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 92
  • Fresh: 91
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 8.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Enigmatic yet revelatory ... – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, Sep 22, 2016

Fresh: Cameraperson draws our attention not just to what we're seeing, but to how we're seeing it. It encourages us to wonder how a camera operator negotiates personal space in tense, intimate, emotionally fraught situations. – Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice, Dec 28, 2016

Fresh: "Cameraperson" is a documentary unlike any other. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Sep 28, 2016

Fresh: Throughout there is an awareness of a distinct sensibility behind the camera: humane, engaged, unfailingly curious. – Mark Feeney, Boston Globe, Sep 15, 2016

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Customer Reviews

One of the best movies of the year

Absolutely hypnotic

Self aggrandizing drivel

Typical of Hollywood's fevered egos, this film screams out "look at how great and important I am because I can operate a camera". The real message here is that reality exists solely for the purpose of being documented by the artist. Please excuse me if I dare to be less than overwhelmed.

Only movie I seriously wanted to request a refund

This film is seemingly random uniteresting clips that the self important director felt were artistically significant. I felt like I was staring at a Jackson Pollock and not a good one, random nonsense doesn't work in a documentary. Made it through 20 minutes and felt very foolish for buying it

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2016

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