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/10
101 Ratings

What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire?

Directed by Roberto Minervini
Italy, United States, 2018
Documentary

Synopsis

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.

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What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? Directed by Roberto Minervini
A case can be made that Minervini isn’t the ideal person to tell these stories, but imputing bad faith to his motivations seems reductive, especially since his style gamely points up its own contradictions and complexities.
August 22, 2019
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With two films, Minervini makes a compelling case—should anyone have failed to intuit this fact—that fear is one of the defining aspects of contemporary American life. . . . He is interested in observing how fear functions in shaping people’s daily lives, whether dominating them or being kept in abeyance.
August 16, 2019
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It’s an impassioned act of portraiture that courses through with rage, fear, despair and a measure of hope.
August 16, 2019
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