The Neutral Ground

USA | 2021 | 82 min. | CJ Hunt

October 3, 2021


A documentary about money, monuments, and how to break up with the confederacy.

Live virtual Q&A scheduled with director CJ Hunt.


This film will be available virtually October 4–7 on the SIFF Channel.

*Restricted to US audiences.

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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 death threats, CJ sets out to understand why a losing army from 1865 still holds so much power in America. With New Orleans as the main backdrop of the story, the film expands its scope to the country at large, bringing to light the fabricated histories born out of the Civil War and the hard truths much of America has yet to face about slavery. Throughout, Hunt’s radical openness leads to staggering, often personal conversations with advocates and opponents of Confederate monuments alike.

  • Director: CJ Hunt
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2021
  • Running Time: 82 min.
  • Producer: Darcy McKinnon
  • Screenplay: CJ Hunt, Jane Geisler, James Hamilton
  • Cinematographers: Paavo Hanninen
  • Editors: Jane Geisler
  • Music: Sultana Isham
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film