Archive of films What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? / What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire?
Italy / USA / France
2018, 123 min
The filmmaker gained access to an African-American community in the American South – to both ordinary people and to the otherwise reclusive Black Panthers. The sympathetic protagonists’ stories reflect the burning issues associated with ongoing racism in America, which not only segregates the black community but physically threatens its members on a daily basis.
In his exceptionally intimate portrait of several members of a black community in the American South, the filmmaker casts likeable protagonists to show the difficult situation faced by African Americans and how race remains a determining factor for their identity and social status. For brothers Titus and Ronaldo the end of their carefree childhood means they must now face the harsh reality of their neighborhood – their mother warns them that if they're out after dark, they might get shot by the police. Judy runs a bar that serves as a meeting place for the community, but she’s recently had to face the increasing costs of gentrification. Meanwhile, the Black Panthers want justice for the victims of racially motivated murders… The film premiered in competition at Venice.
About the director
Roberto Minervini (b. 1970, Fermo, Italy). Filmography: Voodoo Doll (2005, short), Notes (2005, short), Come to Daddy (2005, short), Las luciérnagas (2006, short), The Passage (2011), Low Tide (2012), Stop the Pounding Heart (2013, doc.), The Other Side (2015, doc.), What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? (2018, doc.)
About the film
Black & white, DCP
|Dir. of Photography:||Diego Romero Suarez-Llanos|
|Producer:||Paolo Benzi, Denise Ping Lee, Roberto Minervini|
|Production:||Okta Film, Pulpa Film|
|Coproduction:||Rai Cinema, Shellac Sud|
|Cast:||Judy Hill, Dorothy Hill, Michael Nelson|
|Sales:||The Match Factory|