UVA Center for Politics Releases ‘Common Grounds’ Trailer

UVA Center for Politics Releases ‘Common Grounds’ Trailer

(CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA) – The University of Virginia Center for Politics has released a trailer for its latest documentary, Common Grounds. Produced entirely by student interns at the Center for Politics, the documentary explores the political climate at UVA through the eyes of several students of differing political beliefs.

The trailer is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbRV6dSRK5U.

Several of the Center’s interns teamed up to work on Common Grounds during the Spring 2021 semester. A primary goal of the project was to foster an atmosphere at UVA that is conducive to constructive discourse. The documentary features interviews with students who reflect on the importance of civility — or the absence of it — in today’s political climate. In another key part of the film, students sit down in a group to discuss the political issues and aim to find consensus.

As part of the project, the students painted the phrase “There is common ground on our Grounds” across the Beta Bridge. Located only a few blocks from the iconic Rotunda, the bridge is a focal point on Grounds.

The full documentary will premiere later this summer. For more information on the project and the students behind it, see the recent feature from UVA Today, “‘Common Ground on Our Grounds’: Bridging Political Differences.”