“We need more black folks taking pictures and videos of the area,” Hale County This Morning, This Evening director RaMell Ross explains to a neighbor as he films plumes of bonfire smoke filtering afternoon sunlight. Ross taught photography and coached basketball in Hale County, Alabama starting in 2009, and the product of his time there, Hale County This Morning, This Evening presents vignettes that are difficult to look away from. Some of these images should be commonplace, but all of them are exceptional—whether it’s seeds floating on the wind or teenage youths chilling on horseback—as the storylines of several subjects (like Boosie, who is pregnant with twins and, at least initially, “careth not about the film”) slowly unfold.

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