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135 Ratings

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Directed by RaMell Ross
United States, 2018


A portrait of contemporary life in Hale County, Alabama. A series of fleeting, quotidian moments–church services, basketball practice and family gatherings– that trumpet the beauty of life and consequences of the social construction of race, while simultaneously existing as a testament to dreaming.

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Hale County This Morning, This Evening Directed by RaMell Ross

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2019 | Nominee: Best Documentary Feature

Sundance Film Festival

2018 | Winner: U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Creative Vision

Independent Spirit Awards

2019 | Nominee: Best Documentary



The film’s signature images are indelibly American: a town’s empty Main Street awaiting a parade as we look into the distance at the point where the road disappears, then young men—not cowboys—riding horses through this town.
February 22, 2019
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It feels like a film in the moment, a daydream in the present, not a spliced reverie of the past.
January 17, 2019
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Through class difference and intellectual distance, Ross treats the down-home folk like creatures. He intersperses Terrence Malick–style images of natural phenomena to extol the lower class with existential portent. This propagandistic use of cinematic apparatus is sanctioned by film culture’s elites.
January 11, 2019
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