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Oscar-nominated 'Hale County This Morning, This Evening' will debut Feb. 11 on Panhandle PBS
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Quincy Bryant is featured in "Hale County This Morning, This Evening."
Courtesy RaMell Ross

An Oscar-nominated documentary that's praised as an inspired and intimate portrait of a place and its people will make its PBS debut Feb. 11.

Hale County This Morning, This Evening will air at 9 p.m. Feb. 11 on Independent Lens. It will begin streaming Feb. 12.

The film, the directorial debut of award-winning photographer RaMell Ross, looks at the lives of two young African American men from rural Alabama over the course of five years.

Daniel Collins attends college in search of opportunity while Quincy Bryant becomes a father to an energetic son in this open-ended, poetic film without a traditional narrative.

Distilling life to its essence, the film invites the audience to experience the mundane and the monumental, birth and death, the quotidian and the sublime.

These moments combine to communicate the region’s deep culture and provide glimpses of the complex ways the African American community’s collective image is integrated into America’s visual imagination.

In the history of documentary, Hale County is a mythical place. It’s where Walker Evans and James Agee chronicled the lives of poor white sharecropping families in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men in the 1930s.

But today, Hale County is different. While the current residents subsist with comparable economic hardship, the racial demographics of the region have shifted. The forgotten, isolated famous men in Hale County are now people of color. Largely disenfranchised, the African American population lives with unequal distribution of, and access to, resources.

Hale County This Morning, This Evening allows the viewer an emotive impression of the historic South, trumpeting the beauty of life and the consequences of the social construction of race, while simultaneously offering a testament to dreaming despite the odds.

Another Oscar-nominated documentary, Minding the Gap, will debut at 8 p.m. Feb. 18 on POV, followed at 9:30 p.m. by Hindsight Is 20/20, a collection of POV Shorts including the Oscar-nominated short documentary A Night at The Garden.