WonderRoot Presents: “Man on Fire” at the Atlanta Film Festival 2018


The importance of documenting events, projects, or actions that aim to make social change cannot be understated. And documenting them in engaging, aesthetically beautiful and digestible ways can exponentially multiply both audience and impact. Joel Fendelman’s work in writing and directing “Man on Fire” is a brilliant example of how documentary film can be used to affect social change in highlighting a story of one man’s experience in trying to uproot deeply entrenched racism in his home town.  


(image from “Man on Fire” trailer by Joel Fendelman)


WonderRoot is excited to present “Man on Fire” at the Atlanta Film Festival this year. Watch the trailer for the film here.


From the Atlanta Film Festival website:

Grand Saline seemed like your average small town in Texas until the day when Charles Moore, an elderly white preacher, publicly set himself on fire to protest the town’s long history of racism. Catapulted to the spotlight by this powerful act of self-harm, the ordinary small town of Grand Saline was asked to address its storied past. What was recorded instead is a town’s deeply rooted internal divisions and an overwhelming attempt to ignore and vehemently deny any wrongdoing by many members of Grand Saline’s mostly white population.


WonderRoot is excited to present such a powerful film at the festival and we have free tickets to give away! If you are one of the first 10 people to comment on this blog post you earn yourself a free ticket to the screening of “Man on Fire” and join in as a part of the inspired community working to address the long-lasting legacy of racism. Joel’s work in creating this film is a meaningful example of WonderRoot’s mission to unite artists and community to inspire positive social change and we hope you can join us tomorrow night.


Interested in reading more arts and advocacy content? Check out our past Arts + Advocacy Blog posts from April 12 here and March 28 here.



  1. Evey on April 17, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    This sounds like an interesting film!

  2. Kali on April 17, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    I can’t wait to see this! The trailer was great. I’m excited to know the whole story. Great work!

  3. Anna on April 17, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Looking forward to seeing the documentary and learning more about Charles Moore and his life!

  4. Bea on April 18, 2018 at 5:51 am

    Wowsers. Free tickets. X2 I hope

  5. Sarah Forester on April 18, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Sounds incredibly moving

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