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

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.
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 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 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 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.
September 4, 2018
This is in many ways a frustrating film, its commitment admirable but its execution chaotic.
September 4, 2018
Despite charismatic subjects, the film seems so concerned with its handsome black-and-white aesthetics that it never feels angry enough.
September 4, 2018
Knows exactly where to look and what to ask, but never sticks around long enough to learn anything. What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? is hardly a disappointment, but it does, in places, feel like a missed opportunity.