HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING
Directed by Ramell Ross
2018, 75 minutes
2018, 75 minutes
Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments of people in a community, HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING allows the viewer an emotive impression of the Historic South - trumpeting the beauty of life and consequences of the social construction of race, while simultaneously a testament to dreaming - despite the odds.
How does one express the reality of individuals whose public image, lives, and humanity originate in exploitation? Photographer and filmmaker RaMell Ross employs the integrity of nonfiction filmmaking and the currency of stereotypical imagery to fill in the gaps between individual black male icons. Hale County This Morning, This Evening is a lyrical innovation to the form of portraiture that boldly ruptures racist aesthetic frameworks that have historically constricted the expression of African American men on film.
In the lives of protagonists Daniel and Quincy, quotidian moments and the surrounding southern landscape are given importance, drawing poetic comparisons between historical symbols and the African American banal. Images are woven together to replace narrative arc with visual movements. As Ross crafts an inspired tapestry made up of time, the human soul, history, environmental wonder, sociology, and cosmic phenomena, a new aesthetic framework emerges that offers a new way of seeing and experiencing the heat, and the hearts of people in the Black Belt region of the U.S. as well far beyond.
Subjects & Collections
2018 African-American Studies American Studies Cinema Studies Media Studies Academy Award Winners & Nominees 2019
Festivals & Awards
2019 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATUREWINNER - Special Jury Prize - Sundance Film Festival 2018
WINNER - Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award - Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2018
WINNER - Bruce Sinofsky Prize for Documentary Feature - Montclair Film Festival
Official Selection - San Francisco International Film Festival 2018
Official Selection - CPH:DOX 2018
Official Selection - Sarasota Film Festival 2018