Her film credits include Derrida (2002), a documentary on French philosopher Jacques Derrida, the documentary Darfur Now (2006), and Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008) which won the Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary.
Her most recent works are The Oath (2010) and Citizenfour (2014), both directed by Laura Poitras. The Oath is about Osama bin Laden's driver, Abu Jandal, for which Johnson won an award from Sundance. Citizenfour concerns Edward Snowden and his revelations about the NSA. Johnson's Cameraperson won Sheffield Doc/Fest's Grand Jury Award in 2016.
Johnson is a 1987 graduate of Brown University. Her 1999 film Innocent Until Proven Guilty examined the numbers of African American men in the U.S. criminal justice system.
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- The Oath, Zeitgeist Films
- "Kirsten Johnson's Cameraperson wins Sheffield Doc/Fest grand prize". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-06-17.