After the newspaper reporting drama “Spotlight” won the Oscar for best picture in 2016, and just before Donald Trump was elected president and “fake news” was slapped on everything, “Mike Wallace is Here” documentarian Avi Belkin recognized journalism was at a tipping point.
“I was still living in Tel Aviv — I’m from Israel — and the idea was to address the Genesis story of broadcast journalism. I was kind of obsessing about the question, ‘how did we get here?’” Belkin said.
To find answers, Belkin focused on longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent Mike Wallace, whose six-decade career in the field began in the earliest days of broadcast news and ended shortly before his 2012 death.
Using raw footage of Wallace both as interviewee and interviewer — with the likes of Ayatollah Khomeini, Donald Trump, and Vladimir Putin — Belkin stitched together a film using only archive footage to tell both the story of Wallace’s career and the trajectory of journalism into the modern era.
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