Minding the Gap
BAMPFA Student Committee Pick
Astonishing . . . a rich, devastating essay on race, class, and manhood in 21st-century America.A. O. Scott, New York Times
“In Rockford, Illinois, Bing Liu has been filming his friends Zack and Keire on and off their skateboards for ten years. Weaving archival footage, interviews, and incredible skate videos, Liu chronicles in simple and poetic fashion the lives of his inner circle of friends and family, revealing the damaging circumstances in which they all grew up. Less a film about skate culture than an unusual coming-of-age story, Liu’s feature documentary is fresh and powerful” (SFFILM Festival). “Minding the Gap is an essay that never feels like an essay, an intelligent and compassionate grappling with some of the most painful issues presently haunting the body politic: toxic masculinity and domestic violence, economic depression and a deep, existential despair” (Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times).