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What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire?

Thought-provoking and all-too-relevant, Roberto Minervini’s documentary paints a portrait of a Louisiana community in the aftermath of a police shooting.

Dir Roberto Minervini
Prod Paolo Benzi, Denise Ping Lee, Roberto Minervini
Sales The Match Factory

In 2016, unarmed 37-year-old African-American Alton Sterling was shot and killed by Baton Rouge police officers. His death sparked public outrage and resulted in mass protests, both in his home town and across the US, and added yet another name to the Black Lives Matter campaign. Minervini, a US-based Italian director (whose Stop the Pounding Heart played in LFF 2013), employs his unique and affecting style of documentary to depict the real stories of various members of Baton Rouge’s black community in the wake of the shooting. Shot in crisp black and white, the film gives voice to the community, with both young and old taking part. It reveals, with great empathy, an economically disadvantaged, socially disenfranchised group as they fight for recognition, dignity and respect.

Adrian Wootton

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