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Minding the Gap (15*) + ScreenTalk

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2019

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Minding the Gap

Oscar-nominated documentary Minding the Gap tells the coming-of-age story of three young men, bonded by their love of skateboarding and desire to escape volatile family life.

Created from over 12 years of footage intimately recorded with his tight-knit group of friends, filmmaker Bing Liu beautifully captures their shared wild energy and freedom, while simultaneously documenting the unique and lasting effects of turbulent childhoods, poverty and the complexities of modern-day masculinity.

Set in a town with some of the highest rates of domestic abuse in the US, Minding the Gap grapples with questions around the impact on subsequent generations and the cycles of abuse. While navigating a relationship between his camera, his friends, and his own past, Liu weaves a story that is both rich and epic while remaining intimate and immersive.

US Documentary Competition Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking, Sundance, 2018
Nominee for Best Documentary Feature at the 2019 Academy Awards


US 2018 Dir Bing Liu 98 min

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