Published on December 3rd, 2015 | by admin



It is with extreme pleasure and pride that we share with the NYU Journalism community the triumph of our faculty and alumni:


News and Documentary Adjunct Professor Kirsten Johnson was accepted into Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontiers section for her film that reflects on her years shooting documentaries called CAMERAPERSON.  That makes three people from Newsdoc showing their work at Sundance!


Cameraperson / U.S.A. (Director: Kirsten Johnson) — By exposing her role behind the camera, Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage that she has shot over decades around the world. What emerges is a visually bold memoir and a revelatory interrogation into the power of the camera. World Premiere

Kirsten Darfur_

Newsdoc alumn Nanfu Wang will premiere her film Houligan Sparrow in the International Documentary Competition at Sundance.


This is the film she started as her thesis project.  Hooligan Sparrow / China, U.S.A. (Director: Nanfu Wang) — Traversing southern China, a group of activists led by Ye Haiyan, a.k.a. Hooligan Sparrow, protest a scandalous incident in which a school principal and a government official allegedly raped six students. Sparrow becomes an enemy of the state, but detentions, interrogations and evictions can’t stop her protest from going viral. World Premiere


Also in the International Documentary Competition at Sundance is the film The Settlers by our adjunct professor, Shimon Dotan.


The Settlers / France, Canada, Israel, Germany (Director: Shimon Dotan) — The first film of its kind to offer a comprehensive view of the Jewish settlements in the West Bank, The Settlers is a historical overview, geopolitical study, and intimate look at the people at the core of the most daunting challenge facing Israel and the international community today. World Premiere

Facing east towards the Judean desert, a Jewish settler conducts a mid-day prayer, at the unauthorized Jewish outpost of Tekoa D, West Bank. March 1, 2004 Photo by Ahikam Seri/backyard

Nanfu studied with him as well!  CONGRATULATIONS TO THEM BOTH.  This is a first for us and what a proud moment.

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