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Cameraperson – International Women’s Day Screening

Special screening for International Women's Day + Audience discussion

8 March 2017, 5:55 pm - 8:15 pm
Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ
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Region/Country Focus


What links a family’s farm in post-war Bosnia to a Nigerian maternity ward, a secret prison in Yemen, Jacques Derrida, New Yorker cartoonists and Buddhist nuns in Myanmar?

These disparate scenes from many corners of the globe are spliced together in an arresting visual memoir by the woman who filmed them all: documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson.

Johnson’s work spans a 25-year career in non-fiction filmmaking, in collaboration with filmmakers such as Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11) and Laura Poitras (CitizenFour, The Oath). She has developed a keen understanding of the ways her camera affects the people she films – but bearing witness to the aftermath of conflict, rape or genocide comes at a cost to the person behind the camera, too. Without resorting to voiceover, unfiltered by a single overarching narrative, these filmed interactions coalesce into a rich tapestry that offers a profoundly poetic meditation on intimacy, compassion and human connection.

This film was supported by the Bertha Film Fund.

Plus Audience discussion

Join us after the film to delve into some of the key aspects of the film, including the value of exploring post-conflict reconciliation through a female gaze and the personal cost of bearing witness to others’ trauma.

We are delighted to be joined by documentary cinematographer Minttu Mäntynen, British-Libyan filmmaker Naziha Arebi and Flore Cosquer of the Scottish Documentary Institute

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8 March 2017, 5:55 pm - 8:15 pm

Booking / attendance information
Advance booking recommended, via Filmhouse

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"...a remarkably intimate film... [that] invites us to reconsider our assumptions about the ethical and emotional foundations of nonfiction filmmaking."
The New York Times
"...an extraordinary self-portrait and an existential statement"
Rolling Stone
Grand Jury Prize | Winner | Sheffield Doc/Fest
Sundance | Official selection

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