The Commons documents a series of protests centered around the Silent Sam Confederate Statue in North Carolina. The filmmakers recently completed Working In Protest, a project that was woven together from 30 years of their work documenting various protests. WIP begins at a Klan rally in North Carolina in 1987 and ends at Trump’s inauguration. The Commons picks up where that film left off, with a resurgent Klan coupled with increasingly heated rhetoric around issues related to race. The film takes place within the confines of the protests and focuses on both conflicts as well as efforts to communicate. It is an immersive dive into a year of rising tensions that appear to have no end.
The filmmaker Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley is expected to present at this screening for a post-film discussion.
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