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IN COMPETITION: CICAE award
Filmmaker RaMell Ross’s intimate and impressionistic documentary, Hale County This Morning, This Evening, is a humanist exploration of the community of Hale County, Alabama, where mostly black, working-class families live, work, dream, celebrate and struggle together.
“Incredibly powerful … genuinely poetic … it’s not every day that you witness a new cinematic language being born, but watching RaMell Ross’s Hale County This Morning, This Evening qualifies.” – Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice
It’s a region made unforgettable by Walker Evans and James Agee’s landmark 1941 photographic essay, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, which documented the impoverished lives of white sharecropper families in Alabama’s Dust Bowl during the Great Depression. Ross’s poetic return to this place shows changed demographics, and depicts people resilient in the face of adversity and invisibility. Assembling a collection of seemingly innocuous occurrences, the film captures fleeting moments, interactions and experiences that make up a life, and Ross’s skill as a photographer is evident in the stunning visual poetry of the images. The result is a lyrical portrait of the everyday lives of people in the rural south, one that pushes beyond the conventional narratives typically seen in depictions of this part of America. (Dir. by RaMell Ross, 2018, USA, 76 mins., Not Rated). Other festivals: Sundance; Full Frame | Arizona Premiere
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