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Documentary, 67 minutes, 2022
Directed by Joële Walinga


What do our cameras say about us? As a tapestry of footage collected from surveillance cameras over the last four years, Self-Portrait moves from moment to moment around the world, beginning with the frozen storminess of winter, to the melt of spring, the lush heat of summer, and finally the decay and cooling of autumn: the dawn of winter. The film shows a candid peek at humanity through what we've chosen to document – all of these cameras set up for primarily capitalistic, "property"-protecting purposes, but yielding a beauty and a truth – an incidental portrait.

Festivals and Screenings: 

2022. SXSW Film Festival. Austin, Texas

–2022. Prismatic Ground. New York City, New York

–2022. Chattanooga Film Festival. Chattanooga, Tennessee 

–2022. Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival. Jihlava, Czech Republic

–2022. RIDM. Montréal, Canada *Special Jury Prize, National Feature


2022. Documentary Filmmaker Joele Walinga Finds Accidental Beauty in Security Camera Footage. Variety Magazine. Will Tizard

2022. "Self-Portrait", a self-portrait taken from surveillance cameras. Le Devoir. Stéphane Baillargeon

2022. Self-Portrait Review: Four Seasons of Surveillance. POV Magazine. Rachel Ho

2022. Self-Portrait — Joële Walinga. In Review Online. Daniel Gorman

2022. SXSW ’22: “Self-Portrait” director on the “incidental beauty” of surveillance. Realscreen. Andrew Tracey

2022. SXSW ’22: Janet Pierson, Jim Kolmar talk documentary lineup. Realscreen. Andrew Jeffrey

2022. ‘Self-Portrait’: Debut Trailer For SXSW Premiere Comprised Of Surveillance Footage. Deadline. Tom Grater