What You Gonna Do When the World's On Fire?
Panorama | Vanguard
Summer 2017. A string of brutal police killings of young African-American men has sent shockwaves throughout the US. A black community in New Orleans tries to cope with the lingering effects of the past and navigate their place in a country that is not on their side. Meanwhile, the New Black Panthers prepare a large-scale protest against police brutality… Roberto Minervini’s latest is a blistering meditation on the state of race in America.
"I have told stories of the American South which were unfolding before my eyes in unexpected ways. I have documented clusters of today’s America where the seeds of anti-institutional, reactionary anger (which gifted the country with Donald Trump as the new president) were already planted, but no one cared to notice. This time, I intended to dig even deeper into the roots of social inequality in America, by focusing on the condition of African Americans. While preparing the film, we were able to establish deep bonds with several people, and gained access to neighbourhoods and communities that are off-limits to most…Moved by anger and fear, people wanted to get a chance to tell their stories out loud. I hope that this film can facilitate a much-needed discussion on race and the current plight of African Americans who, now more than ever, are witnessing the intensification of hate crimes and discriminatory policies."—Roberto Minervini