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France,United-States,Italy, 2018

Production : Okta Films, Pulpa Entertainment, Shellac Films, Rai Cinema

Programmed by Daniela Persico



Mostra de Venise 2018 - Compétition officielle

Movies from the Venice Film Festival


What You Gonna Do When The World’s On Fire is the story of a community of black people in the American South during the summer 2017, when a string of brutal killings of black men sent shockwaves throughout the country. A meditation on the state of race in America, this film is an intimate portrait into the lives of those who struggle for justice, dignity, and survival.

Tënk's opinion

After the reactionary, anti-establishment rage of The Other Side, Minervini pursues his personal political investigation and goes where no white man has gone before. He closely follows an Afro-American community struggling with the persistence of discriminatory policies and endemic racism, in an area where the devastation of Hurricane Katrine is still very much visible. The confrontational fury of the adults, down but not out, emerges and interweaves with the younger generation’s lust for life, in a black and white of gleaming beauty that lends the movie a timeless, eternal present. In this ensemble-cast film, Minervini raises a combative fist against intolerance and repression.

Daniela Persico
Programmer and critic

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