WHAT YOU GONNA DO WHEN THE WORLD’S ON FIRE?

Roberto Minervini

Italy, USA, France 123 min. min Catalan premiere Fiction

Synopsis

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 from the director of The other side.

Themes

Social Issues

Director

Roberto Minervini

(Italy, 1970) 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. The Other Side, his fourth film, premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, competing in the Un Certain Regard section.

Filmography: What you Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? (2018), The Other Side (2015), Stop the Pounding Heart (2013, D’A 2014), Low Tide (2012), The Passage (2011)

Roberto Minervini

Film information

Director: Roberto Minervini
Script: Roberto Minervini
Contact: The Match Factory
With: Judy Hill, Ronaldo King, Titus Turner, Kevin Goodman
Country: Italy, USA, France
Year: 2018
Format: DCP
Length: 123 min. min
Language: English
Subtitles: Spanish, Catalan
Edition: 2019

Awards

Silver Astor for Best Director and Best Actress and Best Editing Award in Mar del Plata | Best documentary in Londres | Jury Prize in Viena