EXCLUSIVE

First lesson

5 minutes

From crawling to flying, the agony and ecstasy of trying to learn something new

An eloquent reminder that expertise is earned, this observational documentary from the US filmmakers Nick Paley and Dawn Kim explores the thrills and frustrations of taking on a new challenge – from swimming, to archery, to flying a plane – at any age.

Director: Nick Paley, Dawn Kim

Editor: Saela Davis

Sound Design & Mix: Chris Foster

Music: Benoît Pioulard

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