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Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Intimate in scope yet thematically expansive, Hale County This Morning, This Evening draws extraordinary insights out of seemingly ordinary moments.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Hale County This Morning, This Evening

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A visually mesmerizing but only half-illuminating documentary on black lives in the Deep South.

February 12, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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There are moments of genuine lyricism.

January 18, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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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.

January 18, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

There is something visionary in this film.

January 17, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Hale County is a kind of mini-epochal calendar art, turning its seasonal pages. With a heavier hand it would have become tendentious or messagey.

January 16, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Through framing and editing, small moments are imbued with a sense of spiritual grace, and the entirely mundane is recalibrated as the sublime.

January 16, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hale County This Morning, This Evening

The kind of ethnographic record that proves that direct observation can sometimes be more revealing than any sort of lecturing, but the only problem is that it is hard to feel invested in what someone wants to show you when not even he really seems that interested in his subjects.

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