Bright Lights Film Series: ‘On These Grounds’
September 22 @ 12:00 pm - September 23 @ 7:00 pm
An explosive video goes viral, showing a white school resource officer in South Carolina pull a Black teenager from her 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 to help the girl and dismantle the system behind the “Assault at Spring Valley.” Geographer Janae Davis treks the surrounding swamps to unearth the overgrown and neglected homes of formerly enslaved people of African descent, connecting trauma from the past to present. Against the backdrop of a racial reckoning and its deep historical roots, one incident illuminates a persistent American power structure. Discussion with director Garrett Zevgetis, MA ’05 and activist Vivian Anderson to follow.
Tickets are FREE and will be available starting at NOON on Wednesday, and will be available for viewing until Thursday at 7:00 PM EST. Register at ArtsEmerson. Participate in Zoom Webinar discussion on Thursday at 7:00 PM.