Hale County This Morning, This Evening

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The pleasures of RaMell Ross’s Hale County unfold in the routine comings and goings of the locals in this low-key corner of Alabama — coincidentally, Hale County was the site for James Agee and Walker Evans’s Depression-era Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. What filmmaker Ross has accomplished, however, is in many ways even more striking than what Agee and Walker achieved in their book. Eighty years after Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, Hale County This Morning, This Evening documents contemporary African American life in the region — not in any historical recapping, but in down-to-earth portrayals of the places where people live, play, and work. A photographer and former Georgetown University basketball player, Ross has created an unusual verité study of this Alabama community. “His small DSLR camera isn’t there to probe; the role it plays in the film isn’t all that different from the ones cameras play in our everyday lives” — Ignatiy Vishnevetsky. The film won a Special Jury Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. (RaMell Ross, 2018, 76 minutes)

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