THE NEUTRAL GROUND Feature Films In Person at AFI Silver


Following the screening, watch a special conversation with director/writer CJ Hunt and  producer Darcy McKinnon moderated by AFI Festivals Senior Programmer Ken Jacobson.

Comedian and satirist CJ Hunt (THE DAILY SHOW) is asking difficult questions about this country’s Confederate monuments, and there are no easy answers. In THE NEUTRAL GROUND, Hunt hopes to discover some clarity, by diving into history and interviewing family, politicians and everyday people — many who still support the side that lost the American Civil War. Starting in 2015, Hunt goes to New Orleans where the debate to remove such statues is getting heated. The monuments, being concrete examples of racial issues in this country, are understandably contentious. The next five years only throw more fuel on the fire, leading to a country more visibly divided than before the 2016 election. Hunt’s humor is skillfully disarming allowing for fruitful, albeit uncomfortable conversations – conversations that need to be had. –Eric Moore

Continue the conversation on DOCS Connect, with filmmaker in attendance to respond to your questions, here.

CJ Hunt is a comedian and filmmaker living in NYC. He is currently a field producer on THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH. He has also served as a staff writer for A&E’s BLACK AND WHITE, and a field producer for BET’s THE RUNDOWN WITH ROBIN THEDE. Hunt is an alumnus of Firelight Media’s Doc Lab and New Orleans Film Festival’s Emerging Voices program.


Country: USA

Year: 2021

Director: CJ Hunt

Screenwriter: CJ Hunt

Producer: Darcy McKinnon

Executive Producers: Sally Jo Fifer, Roy Wood, Jr.

Director of Photography: Paavo Hanninen

Editor: Jane Geisler

Music: Sultana Isham

Running Time (minutes): 82

Language: English

Accessibility: Closed Captions Available