On These Grounds

Film Synopsis

A video goes viral, showing a white police officer in South Carolina pull a Black teenager from her school desk and throw her across the floor. Healer-Activist Vivian Anderson uproots her life in New York City to move to South Carolina to support the girl and dismantle the system behind the assault at Spring Valley, including facing the police officer. Adding context, geographer Janae Davis treks the surrounding swamps and encounters the homes of formerly enslaved people of African descent, connecting the past to the present. Against the backdrop of a racial reckoning and its deep historical roots, one incident illuminates how Black girls, with the support of organizers, are creating a more just and equitable future for themselves and our entire education system.


Directed by Garrett Zevgetis
Produced by Ariana Garfinkel, Jeff Consiglio, Chico Colvard
Original Music by Chanda Dancy
Edited by Jeff Consiglio
Co-Editor Chrystie Martinez Gouz
Executive Producers: Kevin S. Bright, Ian Brownell
Associate Producers: Aisha Hallgren, Madison O’Leary, Eddie Wilson, Hong Zhu Cinematography by Alexandre Naufel, Christopher Lewis Dawkins, Pablo Durana, Ryan Miyamoto, Laura Kissel, Vanessa Carr

Impact Campaign

Today, police officers patrol the hallways of over half of American schools with very little vetting or oversight. Students — most often students of color, students with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ students — receive infractions from officers for adolescent behaviors that historically were addressed by school administrators, increasing the rate of suspensions, expulsions, and arrests of young people. Hundreds of thousands of young people are pushed out of schools and into the carceral system through police interaction at school. 

Represent Justice is leading an impact campaign for On These Grounds along with the filmmakers, film participants, non-profit and advocacy organizations, and system-impacted leaders. Through screenings and speaking events, we are working to shift the narrative around safety in US schools, while generating demand for removing police from our schools and investing in school-based resources for students and educators.

On These Grounds is now playing in select theaters, at community screenings, and on demand on digital platforms and cable providers.

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We hope you will join us and host a screening of On These Grounds for your community or school. Both virtual and in-person options are available. Please fill out the short form below, and our team will be in touch with more information!

Upcoming Screenings

September 22-23, 2021
7:00 pm ET
Presented by Emerson College Bright Lights Film Series
Boston, MA
Online: Virtual screening is available for 24 hours starting on September 22 at 7:00 pm ET.
Panel: Join director Garrett Zevgetis and Vivian Anderson on September 23 at 7:00 pm ET.

September 27, 2021
12:15 pm CT
Galaxy Theatres Austin
Austin, TX

September 27, 2021
1:00 pm CT
Galaxy Theatres Grandscape
The Colony, TX

September 27, 2021
1:40 pm CT
Rogers 18 Theatre
Rogers, MN

September 27, 2021
12:15 pm PT
Galaxy Theatres Mission Grove
Riverside, CA

September 27, 2021
2:30 pm CT
Monticello 21
Monticello, MN

September 27, 2021
4:00 pm CT
White Bear Township 17
White Bear Lake, MN

September 27, 2021
2:00 pm PT
Galaxy Theatres Porterville
Porterville, CA
Tickets :

September 27, 2021
5:00 pm ET
Emagine Birch Run
Birch Run, MI

September 27, 2021
6:50 pm ET
Quality 10
Saginaw, MI

September 27, 2021
6:00 pm CT
Cinema Chatham
Chicago, IL

September 27, 2021
7:00 pm ET
Emagine Novi 17 + Super EMAX
Novi, MI

September 27, 2021
7:50 pm ET
Emagine Noblesville
Noblesville, IN

September 27, 2021
8:00 pm ET
Emagine Canton
Canton, MI

September 27, 2021
7:00 pm CT
Emagine Portage
Portage, IN

September 27, 2021
8:00 pm CT
Emagine East Bethel
East Bethel, MN

September 27, 2021
8:45 pm CT
Lakeville 21
Lakeville, MN

September 27, 2021
9:30 pm PT
Galaxy Theatres Boulevard Mall
Las Vegas, Nv

Past Screenings

September 11, 2021
1:45 pm ET
Presented by Skyline Indie Film Fest
Winchester, VA

July 21-31, 2021
Presented by the Giffoni Film Festival
Giffoni, Italy

May 6-20, 2021
Presented by the Milwaukee Film Festival
Milwaukee, WI

May 6-16, 2021
Presented by the Independent Film Festival Boston
Winner of a Special Jury Award
Boston, MA

March 17-21, 2021
Presented by the South by Southwest Film Festival
World Premiere
Austin, TX

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