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  • What You Gonna Do When The World’s On Fire?

What You Gonna Do When The World’s On Fire?


a film by Roberto Minervini

Italy, USA, France | 123’ | b/n | DCP | 2018


What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? is the story of a community of black people in the American South during the summer 2017, when a string of brutal killings of black men sent shockwaves throughout the country. A meditation on the state of race in America, this film is an intimate portrait into the lives of those who struggle for justice, dignity, and survival in a country not on their side.

Working group

Judy Hill
Ronaldo King
Titus Turner
Kevin Goodman
The New Black Panther Party for Self Defense
Dorothy Hill
Michael Nelson
Ashlei King

director Roberto Minervini
director of photography Diego Romero Suárez-Llanos
sound mixer Bernat Fortiana Chico
editing Marie-Hélène Dozo

an OKTA FILM (IT) and PULPA FILM (USA) production
in co-production with SHELLAC SUD (FR)
in association with

with the support of
ARRI – International Support Program
Fondo Audiovisivo Friuli Venezia Giulia
MiBAC – Direzione Generale Cinema
Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image animée
Aide aux cinémas du monde
Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image animée – Institut Français

italian distribution CINETECA DI BOLOGNA and VALMYN
international distribution THE MATCH FACTORY

World premier

75th Venice International Film Festival – In Competition

Festival & awards 

Toronto International Film Festival (CA) – Wavelenghts
Annecy cinéma italien (IT) – Out of Competition
Vancouver International Film Festival (CA) – Vanguard
New York Film Festival (US) Spotlight on Documentary
Festival Nouveau du Cinema (CA) –  Présentations Spéciales
Busan International Film Festival (KR) – Wide Angle
ActoOral Marseille (FR) Special Screening
Valdivia Film Festival (CL)
BFI London Film Festival (UK) – Documentary Competition: Award Best Film – Grierson Award
Festival International du film de La Roche sur Yon (FR) – Official Competition – Grand Prix Jury Award
Sao Paulo International Film Festival (BR) –  Perspectiva internacional
Viennale (AT) – Audience Award
Festival do Rio (BR) –  Panorama do Cinema Mundial
FIDOCS Santiago (CL) – Official Competition Section: Main Award
Mar del Plata Film Festival (AR) – International Competition: SILVER Best Director, SILVER BESTACTRESS (Judy Hill)
EDA – Argentine Association of Audiovisual Editors – International Competition: Best Film Editing (Marie-Hélene Dozo)
Sevilla European Film Festival (ES) – Official Selection Competition
Les Rencontres du Cinéma Italien à Grenoble et en Isère (FR) –  Panorama
Belgrade Auteur Film Fest (SRB)
Festival de la Habana (CU)

Rotterdam Film Festival (NL) – Voices Section
Pune International Film Festival (IN) –  Documentary Section
Göteborg International Film Festival (SE) –  Masters Section
DocPoint Helsinki (FI)
Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival (GR) – Human Rights
Ljubljana Doc Film Festival (SL) –  Competition
CPH DOX (DK) – Hits Section
Cine de Tabakalera (ES)
Hong Kong International Film Festival (HK) – Auteurs Section
Vilnius Film Festival (LT)
Las Palmas Film Festival (ES) – Panorama competition
Costa Rica International Film Festival (CR)
Play-Doc International Film Festival (ES)
Visions du Reel (CH) – Grand Angle Section
Istanbul International Film Festival (TK) – Human Rights in Cinema Competiton
American Independent Film Festival (RO)
Moscow International Film Festival (RU)
Frames of Representation (UK)
D’A Film Festival Barcelona (ES)
Subversive Festival (HR) – Doc Film Competition
Docs Against Gravity (PL) – Section: Masters
Sheffield Doc Fest (UK) – New/Hits
Filmfest München (DE) – Fritz Gerlich Filmpreis 2019
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival – Horizons