Every film featured in Cameraperson

Thursday 26 January, 2017

CAMERAPERSON sees Kirsten Johnson draw on footage shot during her 25 year career as an award-winning cinematographer to create both a visual memoir of her own personal journey and a thoughtful interrogation of the power of the camera.  Here's a list of every documentary featured in CAMERAPERSON, and where to find out more about it,  in case (like us) you're keen to see more.

CAMERAPERSON opens at the DocHouse on Friday 27th January, with a Skype Q&A between Kirsten Johnson and writer Sophie Mayer. It will then screen daily. Book your tickets: HERE. 

I CAME TO TESTIFY  

Writer/Producer: Pamela Hogan / 2011

I Came to Testify tells the story of how a group of 16 women who had been imprisoned by Serb-led forces in the Bosnian town of Foca broke history’s great silence – and stepped forward to take the witness stand in an international court of law.

I Came to Testify is part of Women, War & Peace, a five-part series spotlighting the stories of women in conflict zones

Watch the Series Trailer: HERE 

Find out more about Women, War & Peace: HERE 

Read Behind the Scenes with Pamela Hogan: HERE

AUDRIE & DAISY

Dir. Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk / 2016

An urgent real-life drama examining the ripple effects on families, friends, schools and communities when two underage young women find that sexual assault crimes against them have been caught on camera.  Audrie & Daisy takes a hard look at the issues faced by America's teenagers who are coming of age in the new world of social media bullying, spun wildly out of control.

Watch the trailer: HERE  

Find out more: HERE 

CRADLE OF CHAMPIONS 

Dir. Bartle Bull / 2016

Fighting for your life in the city of dreams. Three extraordinary young people battle to change their lives through the three-month odyssey of the New York Daily News Golden Gloves—the biggest, oldest and most important amateur boxing tournament in the world.

Find out more: HERE 

THE EDGE OF JOY 

Dir. Dawn Sinclair Shapiro / 2010

Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, has the second-highest number of maternal deaths in the world. The Edge of Joy follows doctors, midwives, nurses, and public health educators as they fight maternal death on every front, from preemptive family planning education to expanded blood transfusion services.

Watch the trailer: HERE                                                     

Find out more: HERE 

DERRIDA 

Dir Amy Ziering, Kirby Dick / 2002

One of the most influential and iconoclastic figures of the 20th century, French philosopher and father of “deconstruction” Jacques Derrida has single-handedly altered the way we look at history, language, art and film. Derrida is a playful and provocative glimpse at a visionary thinker as he ruminates on everything from Seinfeld to the sex lives of ancient philosophers.

Watch the trailer: HERE 

Find out more: HERE  

THE WAR WE ARE LIVING 

Writers/Producers: Pamela Hogan, Oriana Zill de Granados / 2011

In Cauca, a mountainous region in Colombia’s Pacific southwest, two extraordinary Afro-Colombian women are braving a violent struggle over their gold-rich lands.

The War We Are Living is part of Women, War & Peace, a five-part series spotlighting the stories of women in conflict zones

Watch the Series Trailer: HERE 

Find out more: HERE 

A Thousand Mothers

Dir. Kim Shelton / 2016

A Thousand Mothers follows the lives of Buddhist nuns, ranging in age from 7 to 70, in Sagaing, Myanmar.

Watch the trailer: HERE 

Find out more: HERE 

PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL 

Dir. Gini Reticker / 2008

Pray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles the remarkable story of the Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country.  A story of sacrifice, unity and transcendence, Pray the Devil Back to Hell is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations.

Watch the trailer: HERE 

Find out more: HERE 

CITIZENFOUR

Dir. Laura Poitras / 2014

Citizenfour is a real life thriller, unfolding by the minute, giving audiences unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA).

Watch the trailer: HERE 

Find out more: HERE 

VERY SEMI-SERIOUS

Dir. Leah Wolchok / 2015

Very Semi-Serious is an offbeat meditation on humor, art and the genius of the single panel. The film takes an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the New Yorker and introduces the cartooning legends and hopefuls who create the iconic cartoons that have inspired, baffled—and occasionally pissed off—all of us for decades.

Watch the trailer: HERE 

Find out more: HERE  

THROW DOWN YOUR HEART 

Dir. Sascha Paladino / 2008

Throw Down Your Heart follows American banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck on his journey to Africa to explore the little known African roots of his instrument and record an album. Using his banjo, Béla transcends barriers of language and culture, finding common ground and forging connections with musicians from very different backgrounds.

Watch the trailer: HERE 

Find out more: HERE 

TWO TOWNS OF JASPER 

Dir. Whitney Dow, Marco Williams / 2002

Two Towns of Jasper examines race relations in the town where James Byrd, Jr., an African American resident, was chained to a truck and dragged to death by three white men in 1998. Two film crews, one black and one white, document the aftermath of the murder, the trial and the reaction of the people of Jasper to the most vicious racially motivated murder in the last 50 years.

Watch the trailer: HERE 

Find out more: HERE and also : HERE 

THE OATH 

Dir. Laura Poitras / 2010

Filmed in Yemen and Guantánamo, The Oath interweaves the stories of Abu Jandal, Osama bin Laden's former bodyguard, and Salim Hamdan, a prisoner at Guantánamo facing war crimes charges. Their fateful meeting propelled them on divergent courses with Al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, 9/11, Guantanamo Bay Prison and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Watch the Trailer: HERE  

Find out more: HERE 

TRAPPED

Dir. Dawn Porter / 2016

Trapped goes to the front lines of the controversial battle currently being waged over so-called TRAP laws — Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers — which reproductive rights advocates believe are designed to restrict access to abortion. Trapped meets doctors, clinic owners, and staff in Alabama and Texas who are fighting to keep their facilities open.

Watch the Trailer: HERE 

Find out more: HERE 

HAPPY VALLEY

Dir. Amir Bar-Lev / 2014

Happy Valley takes an unflinching look at an iconic American institution in the wake of unthinkable scandal and documents the year after Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested on child sex abuse charges. 

Watch the Trailer: HERE 

Find out more: HERE 

FAHRENHEIT 9/11

Dir. Michael Moore / 2004

Controversial and provocative, Fahrenheit 9/11 is Michael Moore’s searing examination of the Bush administration’s actions in the wake of 9/11.

Watch the Trailer: HERE 

Find out more: HERE 

THE JOY OF EXTREME POSSIBILITY 

Dir. Meg McLagan / Forthcoming 
 

Find out more: HERE

BUFFALO RETURNS

Dir. Gini Reticker / 2015

In the face of a powerful recession, crippling unemployment and a housing crisis, a small, creative and energetic band of Native American businesspeople, with the help of the buffalo, rebuild their community through a growing business, Native American Natural Foods.

Watch the trailer: HERE 

Find our more: HERE 

LADIES FIRST

Dir. Gini Reticker / 2004

Ten years after the bloody genocide that killed an estimated 800,000 people in just 100 days, Rwanda’s women are leading their country’s healing process and taking their society forward into a different future. Ladies First profiles the women on the forefront of change. 

Find our more: HERE 

BORN TO FLY: ELIZABETH STREB VS. GRAVITY 

Dir. Catherine Gund / 2014

Choreographer of dance and performance art Elizabeth Streb and her STREB Extreme Action Company form a motley troupe of flyers and crashers. Propelled by Streb’s edict that “anything too safe is not action,” these daredevils challenge the assumptions of art, aging, injury, gender, and human possibility. Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity traces the evolution of Elizabeth Streb’s movement philosophy as she pushes herself and her performers from the ground to the sky. 

Watch the Trailer: HERE 

Find out more: HERE  

DARFUR NOW

Dir. Ted Braun / 2007

Darfur Now is a call to action for people everywhere to help stop the catastrophe in Darfur, Sudan. The struggles and achievements of six very different individuals bring to light the situation in Darfur and illustrate the absolute need to get involved. From a UCLA graduate in Manhattan Beach, California, to a Darfurian woman who joins rebel forces, to an internationally known actor and activist,  the film portrays the heroic efforts of six people trying to resolve a humanitarian tragedy.

Watch the Trailer: HERE

VIRGIN TALES

Dir. Mirjam von Arx / 2012

Virgin Tales follows the Evangelical Christian Wilson family, parents Randy and Lisa along with their seven children who have vowed to remain “unsoiled” until marriage illustrated in their annual Purity Balls as well as other daily activities. 

Watch the Trailer: HERE 

Find out more: HERE  

HERE ONE DAY

Dir. Kathy Leichter / 2012

After Nina Leichter committed suicide, her daughter, Kathy, returned to the New York City apartment in which she was raised and found a hidden box of audiotapes. Nearly two decades later, she is finally ready to listen to the messages her mother left behind, which provide frank insight into a strong and beloved figure—the wife of a New York State Senator, the mother of two successful children and a woman struggling with mental illness.

Watch the Trailer: HERE 

Find out more: HERE 

1971 

Dir. Johanna Hamilton / 2014

On March 8, 1971, eight ordinary citizens broke into an FBI office and stole every document and file inside. 1971 is a detailed account of the break-in that exposed the agency's shocking illegal practices to the public, told through interviews with five of those involved, archival footage and detailed re-enactments of the political heist.

Watch the Trailer: HERE  

Find out more: HERE 

ORIGINAL FOOTAGE (VARIOUS)

  •  Footage of Kirsten’s family: her mother, father and children 

READ: the New York TImes article At Home With a Very Modern, Very Artistic Family 

  • Various footage shot in Afghanistan
  • Return to Bosnia
  • Lecture w/ Charif Kiwan, spokesperson of Syrian film collective

Additional recommended listening: Thom Powers interview with Kirsten Johnson for his Pure Nonfiction Podcast