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Photographer, filmmaker and music producer Roberto Minervini (1970, Italy) is a US-based film director, writer and lecturer. He holds a Master in Media Studies from the New School University in New York. His Stop the Pounding Heart (2013) was screened in Rotterdam and Cannes. The Other Side (2015) was screened in the Un Certain Regard competition at Cannes. His documentary What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? (2018) screened in the main competition section of the 75th Venice International Film Festival.
What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? (2018)
123 min.
Minervini’s follow-up to his Texas Trilogy is a portrait of African-Americans in New Orleans struggling to maintain their unique cultural identity and to find social justice. Shot in very sharp black and white, the film is focused on Judy, trying to keep her family afloat and save her bar before it’s snapped up by speculators; Ronaldo and Titus, two brothers growing up surrounded by violence and with a father in jail; Kevin, trying to keep the glorious local traditions of the Mardi Gras Indians alive; and the local Black Panthers, trying to stand up against a new, deadly wave of racism. This is a passionately urgent and strangely lyrical film experience. – Film at Lincoln Center