Hale County This Morning, This Evening

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Hale County This Morning, This Evening
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Film poster
Directed byRaMell Ross
Produced byJoslyn Barnes
Distributed byThe Cinema Guild
CountryUnited States

Hale County This Morning, This Evening is an English-language documentary film about the lives of black people in Hale County, Alabama. It is directed by RaMell Ross and produced by Joslyn Barnes, and is Ross's first nonfiction feature.[1][2][3][4] The documentary is the winner of 2018 Sundance Film Festival award for U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Creative Vision.[4] It is currently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Plot summary[edit]

Lacking a linear storyline, Hale County This Morning, This Evening follows various inhabitants of Hale County in Alabama's Black Belt. Questions posited throughout as intertitles loosely structure the film. They are: “What is the orbit of our dreaming?”, “How do we not frame someone?” and “Whose child is this?”


Critical reception[edit]

Hale County This Morning, This Evening received critical acclaim, with a 96% Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 57 reviews; the website's consensus states, "Intimate in scope yet thematically expansive, Hale County This Morning, This Evening draws extraordinary insights out of seemingly ordinary moments."[5] It scores 85 on review aggregator Metacritic, indicating "universal acclaim".[6]

Glenn Kenny of The New York Times lauded Ross's "patient and focused eye. His camera’s gaze has a quality of reserve, one that insistently imparts respect to his subjects."[7] Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film a full five stars and labelled it "visionary", while Owen Gleiberman of Variety called it a "transcendental scrapbook".[8][9] Its racial politics were commended by Melissa Vincent of The Globe and Mail, stating, "At every juncture, Ross elects for ambiguity and poses a question to the viewer to answer how black bodies are viewed, encouraging the audience to perform the labour of challenging their expectations." [10]

Following the 91st Academy Awards nominations, Jason Parham of Wired argued Hale County This Morning, This Evening's inclusion for Best Documentary Feature signalled a "new age of documentary" in which "academy voters must now embrace their changing future."[11]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "'Hale County This Morning, This Evening'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  2. ^ Uhlich, Keith. "'Hale County This Morning, This Evening': Film Review | Sundance 2018". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  3. ^ Gray, Christopher. "Hale County, This Morning This Evening".
  4. ^ a b Pipes, Patrick. "Sundance Winner 'Hale County This Morning, This Evening' Acquired By Cinema Guild". Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  5. ^ https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hale_county_this_morning_this_evening/
  6. ^ https://www.metacritic.com/movie/hale-county-this-morning-this-evening/
  7. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/13/movies/hale-county-this-morning-this-evening-review-ramell-ross.html
  8. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/jan/17/hale-county-this-morning-this-evening-review-laura-poitras-ramell-ross-documentary-alabama
  9. ^ https://variety.com/2018/film/reviews/hale-county-this-morning-this-evening-review-1203095838/
  10. ^ https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/film/reviews/article-review-hale-county-this-morning-this-evening-expertly-visualizes-the/
  11. ^ https://www.wired.com/story/new-age-documentary/
  12. ^ "HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING". Retrieved 29 July 2018.

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