Written, directed, shot, and edited by first-time feature filmmaker RaMell Ross, Hale County is one of this year’s most gripping documentaries. This lyrical portrait of two young African-American men who grew up in Hale County, Alabama, was shot over the course of five crucial years in their lives. Daniel attends college on a basketball scholarship while Quincy becomes a young father, their paths diverging and converging at various moments. Ross has crafted an engaging, surprising sensory experience. “Void of the traditional struggle on which documentaries about the black experience often center, Hale County ruptures conventional—and often stereotypical—depictions of black people to create an experience that is simple, complex and revelatory.”—Tra’Vell Anderson, Los Angeles Times. “It’s not every day that you witness a new cinematic language being born . . . Hale County traverses years, encompasses tragedy and beauty, all in just 76 minutes.”—Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice.