What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire?
Roberto Minervini's films are visionary depictions of marginalized lives in the Southern United States. By choosing current political themes, Minervini focuses on the class-divided United States, racism, homelessness and lost childhoods. We put focus on the filmmaker by screening four of his films as a prelude to the upcoming election in the US.
The first screening will be introduced by Ulrik Eriksen, film critic in Morgenbladet and member of the Kunstnernes Hus Kino program council.
"My hope is that this film can facilitate a much-needed discussion on race and the current plight of African Americans who, now more than ever, are witnessing the intensification of hate crimes and discriminatory policies."
- Roberto Minervini
About the film
Summer 2017, a string of brutal police killings of young African American men has sent shockwaves throughout the country. A Black community in the American South tries to cope with the lingering effects of the past and navigate their place in a country that is not on their side. Meanwhile, the Black Panthers prepare a large-scale protest against police brutality. A blistering meditation on the state of race in America.
About the director
Roberto Minervini is an Italian-born film director, who lives and works in the US. After completing a Master’s Degree in Media Studies at The New School University in New York City in 2004, he moved to the Philippines to teach Documentary Filmmaking at a University level. In 2007, he moved to Texas, where he directed three feature films, The Passage, Low Tide and Stop the Pounding Heart, a Texas trilogy that was presented and awarded at some of the most renowned film festivals in the world such as Cannes, Venice, Toronto, and Rotterdam, among others. In 2014, Stop the Pounding Heart won the David di Donatello Award (Italian Academy Award) for best documentary. The Other Side (aka Louisiana), his fourth film, premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, competing in the Un Certain Regard section.
About Ulrik Eriksen
Ulrik Eriksen (b. 1974) studied history, history of ideas, and is a media scholar from the University of Oslo. Since 2005, he has worked as a freelance writer, among others for Dagbladet and Dagens Næringsliv. He has been Morgenbladet's regular film critic since 2009. Ulrik Eriksen is a member of the program council of Kunstnernes Hus Cinema.
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