CINEMA _ Once again with Minervini, the intimacy is off the charts, but he previously spent two years around Judy and co in New Orleans before even starting to shoot. There is little distance but it doesn’t mean it’s exhibitionnist, quite the opposite : they have so much faith in him that they forget the camera. Since «The other side», Minervini went full circle and the two works complement well each other.
Had the most walkouts of any MIFF2019 movie I've seen so far. It's slow, deliberate pacing is not for everyone but the rage and pain of the African American people in the film is palpable and urgent. Maybe needs an edit (the kids in particular feel superflous) but it's powerful nonetheless. "They don't need to say white power, they legislate." Challenging and brutal.
Faces and testimonies practically fuel everything powerful on display - which is to say individuals. Admittedly I didn't find Fire the most unified statement, but it contains extraordinary passages about community outreach, about inherited trauma and the therapy of chanting/performance/call & response. In every individual the camera locates it finds an unique humanity; the result is humbling 3.5
[More like 4.5] Minervini managed again to depict - through his simple and peculiar way of making documentary movies - a group of people and their cores: young kids growing up aware and afraid, adults facing their memories from the past and economic problems from today, and the new black panthers share the screen and show the hurdles and struggles that the black community has to endure even today.
TIFF '18 One of the year's best. Minervini trains his camera on a group of African Americans living in New Orleans and Jackson County Mississippi. His focus is on daily life and challenges looking at a bar owner, some young brothers and a woman leading a chapter of the New Black Panthers. This is observational cinema at its very best with stark, impressive b&w cinematography by Suarez-Llanos. Masterpiece.