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

Page 1 of 3
June 4, 2020
Staggering...a vital snapshot of African American life as it's being lived on the margins of society...one of the best films I've seen by far this year.
April 17, 2020
...weaves together a quartet of narratives about resilience in the face of mounting pressures.
December 14, 2019
There is no one out there quite like Minervini, who hopefully one day will be looked back on as one of, if not the most, important documentarians of the decade, and What You Gonna Do is a stunning example of this importance.
October 20, 2019
Beauty and chaos collide in this documentary by Roberto Minervini.
October 17, 2019
In the film, shot with elegiac finality in black and white, Minervini makes subtle communitarian and intergenerational connections between the stories.
October 16, 2019
A wake-up call to the cold, hard reality of racism.
October 14, 2019
The title asks a pertinent and provocative question, which the film answers with intimate footage that acts as compelling testament to the power of the human spirit.
September 12, 2019
Never once does his camera feel manipulative or judgemental, instead turning what could be your typical message documentary into one whose existence feels utterly essential
September 11, 2019
A ambitious piece of documentary filmmaking...What we are left with is chaos but maybe that is what the filmmaker wants us to feel the chaos of that world.
September 9, 2019
It's shot in black and white -- beautiful black and white, poetic black and white -- which is exactly the contrast that [director Roberto Minervini] means to present to put a poetic sheen on these very distraught stories.
September 5, 2019
In answering the call, the film proposes that only concrete actions make a dent in apathy.
August 30, 2019
The charisma of Minervini's subjects is powerful enough to cut through the ethnographic vibe...
August 25, 2019
A devastating but honest observation. Accomplishes a story more interesting than plain, but plain none the less.
August 23, 2019
In the end, I'm not sure that What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? really "says" anything, and that's OK. Sometimes, the simple acts of looking and listening trump any attempts at eloquence.
August 23, 2019
While content is important, it is context that is king in a documentary, and this film could do with a lot more of it to orient viewers, especially those who don't have a full working knowledge of the American South.
August 19, 2019
The film's mixture of political rhetoric and a respect for its subjects' experience of everyday life, while showing the connections between the two, offers some implicit hope. So does the way it finds beauty in situations guaranteed to cause trauma...
August 19, 2019
...expressly concerned with the relationship between boldness and fear, between self-display and concealment, between the sally and the retreat.
August 16, 2019
The film teems with beauty, as Minervini shows what Black people have always done when the world is on fire: live, organize, protect one another, and keep our history at the forefront.
August 16, 2019
Close trust between director and residents gives viewers unusually revealing experience of stressful #BlackLivesMatter summer...Finds hope and optimism against enormous.
August 16, 2019
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.
Page 1 of 3