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

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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.
August 16, 2019
The footage we see may be from two years prior, but what it says about blackness in America feels timeless.
August 15, 2019
Cutting back and forth between the threads, Minervini weaves together a solid narrative of longstanding racial grievance and resilience.
August 15, 2019
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
The movie unfolds impressionistically. To call it a portrait of collective resilience is accurate, but that description shortchanges its richness on both human and historical scales.
August 15, 2019
A very specific slice of Americana.
August 14, 2019
Filming in sharp black-and-white that bridges the past with the present, Minervini eschews didacticism and activism, focusing instead on the raw, emotional textures of his subjects. The results are often beautifully immersive.
August 14, 2019
A beautiful but unfocused work of ethnography.
June 25, 2019
One of the most interesting [documentaries]... on the social reality of the South of the US, especially Texas and Louisiana. [Full review in Spanish]
June 24, 2019
From the first minutes, the director's gaze focuses on faces and words. [Full review in Spanish]
June 20, 2019
This documentary invites a great reflection on racism and how we identify it in our lives. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 8, 2019
An essential and inspiring look at communities living through police brutality.
December 5, 2018
Stunningly shot in black and white in a quietly mobile observational style, the film conjures a heartrending sense of community while depicting a heartbreaking lack of opportunity and equality.
September 21, 2018
It's a film that's supposed to be about anger, but anger, though visible throughout, is couched in something more subtle, more unclassifiable, and thus more disturbing.
September 19, 2018
A reminder that history's sprawling canvas is populated by lives that are desperately struggling to live and make the world around them better for those who come after.
September 15, 2018
Considering the anger captured onscreen, is now really the time for such softball humanism?
September 12, 2018
This is where Minervini excels: he neither intervenes nor disrupts. His subjective documentation lies in respecting the fluxes and fissures of these lives, which are liable to change at a moment's notice.
September 10, 2018
Although sometimes it becomes monotonous and somewhat repetitive, Minervini uses these deficiencies to reinforce the discourse of ethnic minorities to counteract the effects of a powerful media and political apparatus. [Full Review in Spanish]
September 9, 2018
It's character that matters here, fleeting moments rather than overarching drama. Perhaps this is hybrid filmmaking as termite art-and who cares how long it is, it probably should be longer.
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