Hale County This Morning, This Evening
|Hale County This Morning, This Evening|
|Directed by||RaMell Ross|
|Produced by||Joslyn Barnes|
|Distributed by||The Cinema Guild|
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. The documentary is the winner of 2018 Sundance Film Festival award for U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Creative Vision. It is currently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
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?”
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." It scores 85 on review aggregator Metacritic, indicating "universal acclaim".
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." 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". 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." 
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."
- AFI Docs 2018
- Champs-Élysées Film Festival 2018
- Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018
- Bildrausch Film Festival Basel 2018 - Special Mention International Competition 2018
- Documental Ambulante 2018
- Dok.fest International Documentary Film Festival Munich 2018
- Sarasota Film Festival 2018
- Montclair Film Festival 2018 - Winner Best Documentary Bruce Sinofsky Prize
- San Francisco Film Festival 2018
- New Directors/New Films 2018
- Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2018 - Winner Grand Jury Prize
- CPH:DOX 2018
- True/False Film Fest 2018
- Unorthodocs Film Festival 2018
- Sundance Film Festival 2018 - Winner U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Creative Vision 
- Independent Spirit Awards 2019 - Best Documentary Feature nominee
- Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 91st Academy Awards
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