On These Grounds

The school incident that exposed the division at America’s core

On These Grounds An explosive video goes viral, showing a white school resource officer in South Carolina pull a Black teenager from her school desk and throw her across the floor. An outraged nation divides over who is at fault and what role race played in the incident. Healer-Activist Vivian Anderson uproots her life in NYC and moves to South Carolina to help the girl and dismantle the system behind the "Assault at Spring Valley". To contextualize this incident, geographer Janae Davis treks the surrounding swamps to unearth the overgrown and neglected homes of formerly enslaved people of African descent, drawing a throughline connecting trauma from the past to present.
Festivals

LaurelSXSW Film Festival – World Premiere
LaurelIndependent Film Festival Boston – Special Jury Award, Documentary Feature
LaurelMilwaukee Film Festival - Official Selection
LaurelGiffoni International Film Festival - Official Selection
LaurelSkyline Indie Film Festival - Official Selection
LaurelBright Lights Film Series - Official Selection
LaurelCinemagic International Film and Television Festival For Young People - Official Selection
LaurelCinemagic International Film and Television Festival For Young People - Official Selection
LaurelAnchorage International Film Festival - Official Selection

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