What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire?

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What You Gonna Do When the World's On Fire? traces the aftershocks of race-motivated violence in thoughtful, impressionistic fashion.

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Release date: Aug 16, 2019

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What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? is the story of a community of black people in the American South during the summer 2017, when a string of brutal killings of black men sent shockwaves throughout the country. A meditation on the state of race in America, this film is an intimate portrait into the lives of those who struggle for justice, dignity, and survival in a country not on their side.

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All Critics (47) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (6)

  • In the film, shot with elegiac finality in black and white, Minervini makes subtle communitarian and intergenerational connections between the stories.

    October 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Phil Hoad

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  • A wake-up call to the cold, hard reality of racism.

    October 16, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • In answering the call, the film proposes that only concrete actions make a dent in apathy.

    September 5, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The charisma of Minervini's subjects is powerful enough to cut through the ethnographic vibe...

    August 30, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A rightfully fuming and attentive cinematic meditation that follows the delicate lives of a number of mostly black men and women in the American South.

    August 16, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's the most unproductive type of sociopolitical film, especially in today's climate, in that it aims to incite but not to motivate.

    August 15, 2019 | Full Review…

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