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.
The Above is about a mysterious American military blimp that floats above Kabul in Afghanistan. The first three fourths of this short movie are taken up with either shots of it or of bird's eye shots (presumably taken by drone) of everyday life in Kabul. But then the setting changes...There are some intertitles that raise questions about the purpose of the blimp without giving any definitive answers. A strikingly beautiful and ominous experience.
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