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.
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.