"What You Gonna Do When The World’s on Fire?"

a film by Roberto Minervini

‘’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.

Director: Roberto Minervini

Roberto Minervini (Fermo, Italy) is a film director, screenwriter, and author. After completing a Master’s Degree in Media Studies at The New School University in New York City in 2004, he taught Documentary Cinema at both De la Salle and San Beda Universities in Manila, Philippines, and he was the director of Film Studies at the International Academy of Film and Television in Cebu City, Philippines. In 2007, he moved to Houston, where he directed three feature films "The Passage", "Low Tide" and "Stop the Pounding Heart", presented and awarded at some of the most renowned film festivals in the world such as Cannes, Venice, Toronto, and Rotterdam, among others. "The Other Side (Louisiana)", his fourth film, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, competing in the Un Certain Regard section in 2015.

Roberto Minervini

Cinematographer: Diego Romero Suarez Llanos AEC

Diego Romero Suarez-Llanos, born and based in Spain, studied film photography at CECC (Centro de Estudios Cinematográficos de Cataluña) in Barcelona. After shooting short films, teaching film photography at the Philippines and living in India for a while, he photographed fiction and documentarian projects in different parts of the world, like the US, Mexico, Uruguay, Guatemala, Italy, Spain or Canada. He had worked with i.e. Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Roberto Minervini, Nicolás Pereda, Ignacio Vilar, Manane Rodríguez or Nuria Ibáñez. Diego received various international awards for Best Cinematography.

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Production Notes

  • Produced by: OKTA FILM and PULPA FILM production with RAI CINEMA
  • In co-production with: SHELLAC SUD , in association with MYmovies.it
  • Shooting locations: New Orleans, USA
  • Camera: AMIRA
  • Lenses:  ZEISS HS 35mm            
  • Camera provided by: ARRI Rental
  • Picture post production provided by: ARRI Media
  • World premiere: Venice International Film Festival, Main Competition, 2018 


Official Trailer "What You Gonna Do When The World’s on Fire?

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