Minding the Gap /
Minding the Gap
On their skateboards, vaulting fences, zooming behind cars and spinning in the air, they felt happy and free. This was their refuge, where they went to get away from their families. Zack, Keire, and Bing Liu grew up in violent homes in a desperate, poverty-stricken city. Their childhood was painful, and growing up was hard. Director Bing Liu documented himself and his friends for five years. During that time, as each of them searched for his identity and place in the world, the relationships between the three young men changed many times. Their intimacy led to surprisingly sensitive conversations—the kind rarely shown on screen—about fatherhood, violence, fears, love, and longing. The film won numerous awards and received an Oscar nomination.