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19 February 2019

RIDM+ February | Minding the Gap

The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is pleased to present its year-round RIDM+ series of documentaries previously unseen in Quebec, presented by Télé-Québec. In February, cinephiles will have the chance to see Minding the Gap by Bing Liu, whose Hale County This Morning, This Evening (Grand Prize, International Competition, RIDM 2018) was the revelation of the 2018 Sundance Festival. After winning a shelf full of documentary awards last year, Minding the Gap is now in the running for the Oscar for Best Documentary. It will be screened on Wednesday, February 27 at 7 p.m. at Cinéma du Parc.




The first feature film by Bing Liu, Minding the Gap tells the story of a young man who is determined to use cinema to confront his past and expose the social and racial injustices that affect many young Americans. Taking the form of a brave and lucid autobiographical essay, framed within a well-developed cinematic vision, Minding the Gap explores the difficulties of youth and the challenges facing the filmmaker and his two best friends, Zake and Keire.

Liu, Zake and Keire are all natives of Rockford, a typical Rust Belt town, and all three are avid skateboarders. Capturing their passion through editing and superb camerawork, Liu celebrates the sense of freedom skateboariding gives the friends. He also explores the family traumas and injustices each of the three has suffered. A therapeutic film in the best sense, Minding the Gap is a deeply personal and subtly political work that announces the arrival of a major voice in contemporary American documentary cinema.


Minding the Gap by Bing Liu
3575 du Parc av., Montréal, QC H2X 3P9

United States | 2018 | 93 minutes
In the original English

Tickets on sale HERE


Next RIDM+ screening
THURSDAY, MARCH 28 - 7 p.m.
title to come soon


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