Nominated to the Oscars for best documentary and winner to Sundance of the special jury prize for her creative vision, we get a gem called: Hale county this morning, this evening. The film could be defined as a visual poem with the contemplative spirit of those who look without making any judgment, have a voice of their own, beyond describing a place that makes us live. This goes through the lives of different generations of characters that are part of an Afro-American community.
In Ramell Ross, photographer, basketball coach and director of the documentary, he uses the screen as a tailor’s box, where the moments are mixed and where they find connections with each other, from the drops of sweat of a basketball player and the first drops of a storm, the siren of the police and the changing lights of a nightclub. Between nostalgia, admiration and ingenuity, a blurred historical perspective arises, rooted in lands where the slave era left its mark, even so, far from pointing out the past, the film lets the imagination fly and gives wings to a better future.
The visual power exhibited by the footage is in part given by Apichapong Weersethakul, a Thai filmmaker who has given creative advice to the director and shares a place on the team with Danny Glover, executive producer. The awards season will receive this work with open arms that will not leave anyone indifferent.
2018: Sundance Film Festival: Special Jury Prize – Creative vision
2018: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for best documentary and Truer Than Fiction Award
2018: Gotham Awards: Best documentary
Runtime: 76 min
Direction: RaMell Ross
Screenplay: RaMell Ross, Maya Krinsky
Cinematography: RaMell Ross
OST: Alex Somers, Scott Alario, Forest Kelley
Subtitles: Maria Riu
Contact: Doc & Film International