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December 20, 2018

AFS x IDA: Master Class with Kirsten Johnson

A thirty-year veteran in the documentary field, Kirsten Johnson has received numerous accolades for her documentary films, Derrida, Darfur Now, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, and the widely acclaimed film Cameraperson. Johnson has worked with a wide range of filmmakers, artists, and journalists, including Michael Moore and Laura Poitras. Her primary subject is the ethics of image-making, and how those ethics inform documentary practice in a "post-fact" environment. In this conversation, Johnson discusses the importance of perspective and intentionality in camera work, sharing insights from her career capturing once in a lifetime moments—and what to do when you miss them.