RaMell Ross’s remarkable debut feature is as much an experimental film as it is a documentary, and it succeeds smashingly on both fronts. The director shot it between 2012 and 2017, during which time he taught photography and coached basketball at a predominantly black high school in rural Alabama. “Photographing in my day-to-day I began filming, using time to figure out how we’ve come to be seen,” Ross explains in an opening title card, and what follows challenges traditional notions of representation with regards to both rural and black American life. The film moves unpredictably between moments of domestic intimacy and scenes of public life, proceeding according to a mysterious logic that often suggests something out of a dream. (Not coincidentally, the great Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul served as a creative adviser.) Ross’s subjects come to seem almost impenetrably complex, even as the film remains accessible in its emotional content and images of natural beauty.