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On Assignment brings you some of the best conversations from the Columbia Journalism School, produced and hosted by the school's Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards. New episodes come out Friday mornings once a month.
Director Bing Liu started making “Minding the Gap,” when he was 23-years-old. Now, six years later, he’s premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and snagged himself an Oscar nomination.
As the countdown to the Academy Awards begins, get a behind the scenes look at how Liu made the film, plus hear about some of his ethical dilemmas while filming. But before you listen, be warned. There will be spoilers.
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“When we were in the back of a van crossing Hungary to Vienna, the driver was drunk and all the smugglers had AK-47s... and I remember my cousin looking at me like, I hope you're not filming. But I was secretly holding the camera.”
"'If we know we could die, why do we keep doing it?' I didn't have an answer for it myself so I looked to other people to try to answer it."
“I think that fairness means that you are fairly representing the sides. That fair representation may be that one of the side’s arguments is bullshit.”
"For almost every one of these individuals, they're talking about things that happened yesterday for them, or that they will carry with them for many years to come."
"[They had] no clue that what they were doing looked really bad."
"When I first went down to South Carolina, I thought I knew what to expect. But I wasn’t prepared for it. Not at all."
“You can't divide the self into good parts and bad parts, good guys and bad guys... That's fiction."
"How is it that smart, discerning people fall into a belief system like this and get lost in it? And how do they get out?"