While the climate has never been healthier for documentaries, there are few, if any, that you will see this year as unique and insightful as Kirsten Johnson’s “Cameraperson” (which made our list of the 20 Best Documentaries Of 2016 So Far, this summer). It’s a film we’ve been talking about since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (our review), and with the picture set to hit cinemas, we’ve got an exclusive clip that highlights just how special this movie is.
For much of her career, Johnson has worked as a cinematographer on a number of celebrated documentaries (including “Darfur Now,” ‘The Invisible War,” “Fahrenheit 9/11,” and “Citizenfour”) that have taken her around the world. In “Cameraperson,” she turns director, using outtakes, b-roll and new footage too to create a compelling memoir, and exploration of what it means to stand just on the outside, capturing the kinds of powerful moments that have made up the documentaries she’s been part of. And in the moving scene below, she returns to talk with Muslim victims of rape in Bosnia, and shares how important her interactions with them were to her.
“Cameraperson” opens in New York on September 9th and Los Angeles on September 23rd.