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Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018)

  • Starring: Latrenda 'Boosie' Ash, Quincy Bryant, Daniel Collins
  • Driector: RaMell Ross
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 76 min.

In Hale County This Morning, This Evening, Ross offers an inspired and intimate portrait of a place and its people. The film presents Daniel Collins and Quincy Bryant, two young African American men from rural Hale County, Alabama, over the course of five years. Collins attends college in search of opportunity while Bryant becomes a father to an energetic son in an open-ended, poetic form that privileges the patiently observed interstices of their lives. The audience is invited to experience the mundane and monumental, birth and death, the quotidian and the sublime, all of which combine to communicate the region’s deep culture and glimpse the complex ways the African American community’s collective image is integrated into America’s visual imagination.

"There is something visionary in this film."
- Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"You could call it a transcendental scrapbook, because it wipes away the muck of subjectivity that guides most movies. It turns the audience into direct receptors of experience."
- Owen Gleiberman, Variety
"A 76-minute visual poem that pays homage to folks who still harbor hopes and dreams despite a hardscrabble existence."
- David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"A poetic documentary with a gift for making enrapturing imagery out of what sound like ordinary, everyday events."
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Though made modestly and intimately, the film embodies a vast conceptual and aesthetic ambition."
- Richard Brody, New Yorker
"As a record of African-American imagery, it's not just an evaluation of 'how we are seen,' it's also a corrective that replaces stereotype with visual poetry."
- Odie Henderson,
"Ross's camera captures the banal, the tragic and the triumphant alike, never lingering on any one moment for too long, and using a dreamy editing technique that doesn't always spell out its associations for us."
- Andrew Lapin, NPR
"It's not every day that you witness a new cinematic language being born, but watching RaMell Ross's evocatively titled documentary Hale County, This Morning, This Evening qualifies."
- Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice