Half a dozen newsrooms visited coast to coast. Meetings with professors at several universities. Multiple conversations with consultants and political experts. They all have something in common when speaking about the current presidential race: it is exceptional and different from all previous campaigns. The central reason for this coincidental evaluation is a candidate. A very particular one. Mr. Donald Trump.
Donald Trump’s controversial proposals for the immigration policy and the bad things he says about immigrants should result in an overwhelming defeat in Florida for the G.O.P.’s Presidential candidate, due to weight of the Hispanic electorate in the Sunshine State. The complexity of the American political system, however, defies the basic logic.
The hipsters of Brooklyn are about to make big decisions - maybe not for just for themselves but for others too. History is very much about momentum. After visiting a middle school in Brooklyn I felt there might be one coming very soon.
Declining newspaper sales. Millennials inability to read more than 140 characters. The overload of information available online. Migration of ads and classified ads money to social media. Increasing numbers of news companies going out of business or drastically reducing their permanent staff. All these elements mark a narrative of a dark future for journalism in the written form.
It was September 2015. After two weeks of holiday I started working on my new documentary. It took me back to the times of the Second World War. My film told a story of a girl - today, an elderly woman - who survived the Auschwitz concentration camp. It was a story of courage, loss and survival in times of war. My protagonist had the rare fortune of being among the very few children to survive the ordeal. One million children died.