Kirsten Johnson

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Director Kirsten Johnson at the Miami Film Festival presentation of CAMERAPERSON

Kirsten Johnson (born 1965) is a New York-based documentary filmmaker and cinematographer. She is a faculty member at NYU.[1]

Her film credits include Derrida (2002), a documentary on French philosopher Jacques Derrida, the documentary Darfur Now (2006),[2] and Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008)[3] which won the Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary.

Her most recent works are The Oath (2010) and Citizenfour (2014),[4] both directed by Laura Poitras. The Oath is about Osama bin Laden's driver, Abu Jandal, for which Johnson won an award from Sundance.[5][6] Citizenfour concerns Edward Snowden and his revelations about the NSA. Johnson's Cameraperson won Sheffield Doc/Fest's Grand Jury Award in 2016.[7]

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.


  1. ^ "Kirsten Johnson - NYU Journalism". Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  2. ^ "Darfur Now". Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ By MIKE HALEMAY 6, 2010 (2010-05-06). "Laura Poitras's Documentary on Two Al Qaeda Cases - The New York Times". Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  5. ^ "Kirsten Johnson Pictures 2010 Sundance Film Festival - "The Oath" Portraits". Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  6. ^ The Oath, Zeitgeist Films
  7. ^ "Kirsten Johnson's Cameraperson wins Sheffield Doc/Fest grand prize". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-06-17.

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