Screening Dates
  • September 20, 2019 8:45
  • September 21, 2019 6:30
  • September 22, 2019 8:30
  • September 23, 2019 6:30
New Documentary

Provides plenty of food for thought, and emotional nuance … A stirring, committed portrait of Black lives at a crossroads in the American South.”

Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

Italian-born, Texas-based filmmaker Roberto Minervini (The Other Side) takes the pulse of race relations in Trump’s America in this urgent and incendiary new documentary. Shot in brilliant B&W by gifted Spanish DP Diego Romero, Minervini’s fifth feature shifts between four stories of Black resilience in New Orleans and Jackson County, Mississippi, during a summer rocked by the brutal killings of African Americans by police. Intimate and unflinching, the film bears witness to a former drug addict struggling to keep her bar, a community haven, in business; young brothers leaning on each other amid neighbourhood violence; Mardi Gras Indians stewarding their cultural heritage; and the New Black Panther Party investigating the beheading of a man believed murdered by the KKK. An unshakable portrait of racial injustice in the American South, by one of the region’s most lucid chroniclers.

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 … It insists not upon its own importance, but rather upon its necessity of being.”

Daniel Kasman, MUBI Notebook