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“It’s so awesome and amazing to think that there were seven us in rural Zambia almost a year ago; this is exactly like a year to the day,” Maggie Betts said Thursday night at a LVMH- and RED-sponsored party for the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of her documentary, “The Carrier.”
Betts and her crew shot the film, which details the efforts of a Zambian mother to avoid passing HIV onto her unborn child, in four months last year. A crowd of assorted socials, journalists and other well-wishers including Fareed Zakaria, Christy Turlington, Jenna Bush Hager and Prabal Gurung turned out to Kenmare to congratulate the budding filmmaker.
So, after years on the circuit, how did it feel to be at her own premiere party?
“I keep forgetting that,” the socialite said with a laugh. “I keep thinking that I’m just here for a party and I keep forgetting that it has to do with anything I did or have anything to do with.”
Perhaps Betts greatest endorsement of the evening came from Brian Williams, a man with plenty of knowledge of the news gathering game.
“I could watch documentaries for the rest of my life and never tire of them,” Williams explained while standing at the bar. “Full disclosure, we’ve known the Betts family for a long time so I’m instantly so proud of Maggie. Having been on a similar trip – nothing approaching this in terms of difficulty – I traveled with RED as well as other organizations to four nations on one trip… I’ve been to similar chiefs’ meetings, hospital wards, villages. You have to really want to go there. You have to want to tell that story and gather that story.”
Did the newsman care to list any favorite documentaries in particular?
“I just re-did Ken Burns,” he said. “I got caught watching part one [of] ‘Civil War.’ I emailed him that night and confessed that I got addicted all over again and I’m listening to banjo music now.”