Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2011 awarded veteran documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Helped to the stage by festival director Heather Croall – he walks shakily to the microphone in his crumpled black shirt, and wearing odd socks, one grey, one green - to a standing ovation by the crowd.
All his films are about people, he tells us about developing empathy with his subjects. "Constant empathy. That's my technique."
He believes he has a "duty" to "find the good" in his subjects. “We wanted to feel. What was great about our kind of filmmaking was the whole process of discovery!" No surprise that he is still a working film-maker! Discovering for ever.
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