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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 young African American 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.


  • Kevin Goodman
  • Dorothy Hill
  • Judy Hill
  • Ashlei King
  • Ronaldo King
  • Krystal Muhammad
  • Michael Nelson
  • Titus Turner

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  • The film premiered at TIFF (Toronto international Film Festival) in September 2018.
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Aug 15, 2019

It’s the most unproductive type of sociopolitical film, especially in today’s climate, in that it aims to incite but not to motivate.

Metacritic review by Candice Frederick
Candice Frederick
Sep 15, 2018

Shot with grace and sensitivity in black and white using available and natural light, What You Gonna Do is a visual treat, the easiest on the eye of all the director’s films to date. It is also, for all its unevenness, a stirring, committed portrait of black lives at a crossroads in the American South.

Metacritic review by Lee Marshall
Lee Marshall
Screen International
Sep 15, 2018

This is in many ways a frustrating film, its commitment admirable but its execution chaotic.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter