Past Event

Sep 22—23, 2021

Bright Lights:On These Grounds

Directed by Garrett Zevgetis


Free Event

Co-presented with Roxbury International Film Festival, the Independent Film Festival Boston, and the Emerson College Alumni Association

An explosive video goes viral, showing a white school resource officer in South Carolina pull a Black teenager from her school 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 in NYC and moves to South Carolina to help the girl and dismantle the system behind the “Assault at Spring Valley”. To contextualize this incident, geographer Janae Davis treks the surrounding swamps to unearth the overgrown and neglected homes of formerly enslaved people of African descent, drawing a throughline 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.




Virtual Event
On Demand Streaming
SEP 22 @ 7PM ET –
SEP 23 @ 7PM ET


Sep 22, 2021 - Sep 23, 2021


SEP 23 @ 7PM ET

Join for a live 45-minute moderated discussion with director Garrett Zevgetis (MA ‘05), executive producer Kevin Bright, cinematographer Christopher Lewis Dawkins, and activist Vivian Anderson.

Conversations will stream within the film viewing platform. Audience members are also welcome to join directly on Zoom to participate and submit questions.

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108 minutes


SJ, POC, EC (racial and carceral justice)

Closed captions and live captions provided

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