Magazine article New Internationalist

Cameraperson

Magazine article New Internationalist

Cameraperson

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Cameraperson

(102 minutes)

directed by Kirsten Johnson

The opening caption says 'Foca, Bosnia' and we hear birdsong. A few seconds later a hand-held camera focuses on wildflowers, follows a barbed-wire fence and settles on a blanked-out window in a house at the edge of town. We hear a voice whisper, 'You see?' We turn to an old shepherd on horseback, smiling at us, but then greeting the cameraperson with a 'Good day'. A blurred hand pulls up a few distracting foreground blades of grass. We have become aware of the filmmakers, presenting a reality to us, and of a relationship between them and those they are filming. We're aware that this is the messy real world.

Johnson, a cameraperson on docs for 25 years or so, including Fahrenheit 9/11 and Citizenfour, here puts together out-takes from her films. …

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