PBS NC-POV:The Neutral Ground & Talk

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August 26, 2021
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Welcome!

Thank you for joining us for this special screening of POV: The Neutral Ground.

The Neutral Ground documents New Orleans’ fight over monuments and America’s troubled romance with the Lost Cause. In 2015, director CJ Hunt filmed the New Orleans City Council’s vote to remove four confederate monuments. But when the removal was halted by death threats, Hunt set out to understand why a losing army from 1865 still holds so much attention in America.

The film is a co-production of POV and ITVS, in association with the Center for Asian American Media, and a co-presentation of Black Public Media and the Center for Asian American Media. Also, a Tribeca Film Festival Official Selection.

This special event begins with a screening of the documentary The Neutral Ground, followed by a virtual round table discussion and Q&A featuring the filmmaker, CJ Hunt, Nash County middle school teacher Rodney Pierce, former Wake County Student Coalition organizer, Victoria Smith, and former UNC-CH organizer/producer of Silence Sam, Courtney Symone Staton. Hunt will lead the discussion about the film's relevance to current North Carolina battles to combat the remnants of the Confederacy and systemic racism, including folks organizing to prevent the passage of anti-Critical Race Theory bills. Engagement is encouraged; please enter your questions for the panel in the chat feature.

About CJ Hunt:

CJ Hunt is a comedy writer and director living in New York. He is a field producer for “The Daily Show” with Trevor Noah. He has also been a staff writer for A&E’s “Black & White” and a field producer for “The Rundown with Robin Thede.” A fellow with New America and Firelight Media, CJ can regularly be seen/heard hosting “The Moth.”

Thank you for supporting PBS North Carolina!

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The Neutral Ground

The Neutral Ground documents New Orleans’ fight over monuments and America’s troubled romance with the Lost Cause. In 2015, director CJ Hunt was filming the New Orleans City Council’s vote to remove four confederate monuments. But when that removal is halted by lawsuits and death threats, CJ sets out to understand why a losing army from 1865 still holds so much power in America.

180 minutes

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