What You Gonna Do When the Worldâ€™s on Fire?, dir. Roberto Minervini, Italy / USA / France 2018, 106 min., English
Filmmaker Roberto Minervini joins Sandra Hebron, Head of Screen Arts at the National Film & Television School (NFTS), for an in-depth conversation about his cinema, which often takes us to the backyards of the American Dream, with the support of NFTS and the Italian Cultural Institute London. Minervini has often worked collaboratively and intimately with the American communities that are the subjects of his films – and here, he’ll be discussing his relationships with his protagonists, and how his ideas about repositioning a filmmaker’s intentions from authentically representing the community to entering a more dialogical mode of storytelling unfolds in practice. He’ll also be discussing how his cinema often looks beyond the frame, calling for debates on the causes of unrest and on the social conditions that may lead to politically inept governments and deep civic inequalities.
Roberto Minervini is a US-based photographer, filmmaker and film producer. From early works such as The Passage
(2011), Low Tide
(2012) and Stop the Pounding Heart
(2013) to more recent films such as The Other Side
) and What You Gonna Do When the Worldâ€™s on Fire?
), all of his features have screened in the main competition sections of Cannes, Venice and other major festivals. Minerviniâ€™s cinema recalibrates narratives of contemporary America, and of those living on its margins, by placing its individuals in focus with care and empathy, applying a profound and thoughtful research process to the aesthetics of his framing. Dirty Feathers
, another film he produced, is screening as part of FoR21.