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Cameraperson (2016)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 27 January 2017 (UK)
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Exposing her role behind the camera, Kirsten Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage she has shot over decades around the world. What emerges is a visually bold memoir and a revelatory interrogation of the power of the camera.

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Kirsten Johnson

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Doris Baizley (consulting writer), Lisa Freedman (consulting writer)
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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. Written by Janus Films

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USA

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English | Bosnian | Arabic | Dari | Hausa | Fur

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27 January 2017 (UK) See more »

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Kamerainsan See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$12,760, 11 September 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$101,074, 2 December 2016
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1.78 : 1
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This is not a negative review .....
25 May 2017 | by matthijsalexanderSee all my reviews

I guess I lack understanding of the subjects' background, the field, her works and such. I know the places where she went, I know the history of them and I can imagine that she has her own feeling and memories.

But that doesn't cut it for me as a consumer. I guess the average person will switch this off 5 minutes in. I lasted 10. I love documentaries, but this felt like a bunch of wildly undirected bunch of images randomly placed behind each-other. It lacked narration and context for me personally. It may be that I am wildly uneducated and completely ignorant on the subject matter.

Another reviewer stated one would be wise to watch her previous work first. Which I guess I'd have to advise people too.


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