When I first talked to International Relations Professor Mario Esteban back in March about shooting this video, he already knew what he wanted to do, and that was to dive with sharks. I wasn’t surprised because he is one of the most determined people I’ve ever met. However, sharks are sharks, right?!!! Hence, a few months passed until we finally got to the Valencia Oceanographic Aquarium. I hope you enjoy the result.
Prof. Esteban says that a lack of knowledge about other nations, other cultures, or sharks in this particular case, can often produce negative stereotypes and a fear of the unknown. That’s why he always tries to look at things in depth, to get a proper idea of what they are really about.
I’m speaking from personal experience, seeing as I had the pleasure of having him as professor when I took a degree in Asian Studies. I’ve also wandered around the back streets (Hutongs) of Beijing with him, looking for cheap films, and other weird and wonderful stuff. He is knowledgeable, reliable, and most of all, really good fun!!!
When I went for a coffee with Arbitration and International Commercial Law Professor Justin Swinsick to get to know him a bit better and talk about what kind of video we could come up with together, he told me he was going to Vienna with an IE student team to attend an international law competition. The first thing that came into my head when he mentioned Vienna was the film “The Third man”, and when I suggested that as a theme for the video he answered right away that he loved Orson Wells, and that film in particular.
I don’t remember exactly how the title “The Fourth Man” occurred to me. Anyway, it was clear that we both wanted to render some sort of homage to the film, whose screen-play was the work of a writer we also enjoy and admire, namely Graham Green. I have to say that Prof. Swinsick gave an excellent performance, staying in character the whole time. I am sure that when he teaches, he is every bit as eloquent.
I really hope you enjoy watching this video as much as we did making it. Check out Prof. Swinsick’s intelligent insights into “The Fourth Man” as he talks about law and justice, and truth and love.