In 1964, Michael Apted began filming a group of seven-year-olds from very diverse socio-economic backgrounds in England. The idea was to explore the Jesuit maxim “Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man.” Every seven years since he began, Apted returned -- camera in hand – to examine how their lives were unfolding. Now those kids are 56 years old and their lives are on display in the latest of Apted’s Up Series, 56 Up.
Then we have Benh Zeitlin, who is nominated for Best Director for his film Beasts of the Southern Wild for this year’s Oscars. The film features break-out performances from new-comers Quvenzhane Wallis , who is up for Best Actress and Dwight Henry. Beasts of the Southern Wild is also up for Best Picture. [Broadcast Date: February 20, 2013]