Hale County This Morning, This Evening, dir. RaMell Ross, USA 2018, 76 min., English
To coincide with Black History Month in the UK, the ICA presents RaMell Ross’ Oscar-nominated Hale County This Morning, This Evening.
Dazzling and sun-drenched, Hale County This Morning, This Evening is an innovative, impressionistic portrait of contemporary life in Hale County, Alabama. RaMell Ross’ careful and considered feature was filmed over five years and is constructed from fleeting, quotidian moments – church services, basketball practice and family gatherings.
Taken as a whole, the film offers an urgent and current political critique, questioning issues of representation and stereotype prevalent in images of Black America, and investigating the reproduction of blackness via film and photography.
One of the most important works of non-fiction filmmaking of 2018, Hale County This Morning, This Evening was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.