The Neutral Ground
In this bitingly satirical and deeply personal documentary, CJ Hunt traces the troubled history of Confederate monuments in America.
CJ Hunt, Jane Geisler, James Hamilton
USA 2021. 82min
One Drop Pictures
When comedian and The Daily Show field producer heard about a divisive motion to remove four Confederate monuments in New Orleans, he decided to make a funny YouTube video about it. But this project, coupled with Hunt’s own questioning of race in America fuelled something larger – an attempt to try to untangle the complex history of the monuments. Using an affable interview style reminiscent of Louis Theroux, Hunt sets off on a thought-provoking journey through Civil War re-enactments and protests, to try and understand those fighting for and against the statues. Continuing the debates about monuments that raged across the world last summer, The Neutral Ground is a vital and sharply funny investigation into the legacies of white supremacy.
Contains scenes viewers may find distressing.
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