Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Location la: Bartos Screening Room
Dir. RaMell Ross. 2018, 76 mins. Digital projection. An inspired and intimate portrait of a place and its people, Hale County This Morning, This Evening witnesses the lives of Daniel Collins and Quincy Bryant, two young African American men from rural Hale County, Alabama, over the course of five years. Emerging from within a southern community rich in culture, history, and belonging, Collins attends college in search of opportunity while Bryant becomes a father to an energetic son. In his directorial debut, award-winning photographer RaMell Ross employs an intuitive and associative form that privileges patient observation and emerging moments, exalting both the mundane and the monumental, the quotidian and the sublime. The result is a refreshingly direct approach to documentary that underscores both the beauty of life and the consequences of the social construction of race, and offers a testament to dreaming despite the odds. A Cinema Guild Release.
“Pure cinematic poetry… poses a quietly radical challenge to assumptions about race, class and the aesthetics of filmmaking.”—A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“It’s not every day that you witness a new cinematic language being born… Hale County traverses years, encompasses tragedy and beauty, all in just 76 minutes.”—Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice
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