Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Director: RaMell Ross
Year Released: 2018
Photographer Ross records African-Americans in Hale County, Alabama playing ball, moving furniture, in the street for a parade, giving birth, burying a dead child, burning tires or just hanging out. As a cinematographer, Ross excels - his time-lapse shots are fantastic - but he's copying Frederick Wiseman's style (with maybe a little William Greaves and Godfrey Reggio?) of showing up at some place, filming whatever happens, 'editing' the bits together (at random?) and thinking it means something. You could take a camera to any random city or county, get in the good graces of the residents and watch them as they go about their business - it's natural, sure, but so what? What, if anything, is he trying to say about that community as a whole? Did he care to think that far ahead?