By Hemal Trivedi and Jonah Markowitz
In a political moment defined by partisan conflict, BATTLEGROUND is an intimate exploration of the state of our democracy as seen through the eyes of two opposing grassroots political leaders in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania - a pivotal county that voted for Obama twice and then flipped to Trump in 2016. Tom Carroll is a Trump delegate, and the Chairman of the nation's largest Tea Party chapter. Greg Edwards is a Black pastor, and a progressive leader supported by Bernie Sanders.
Over the course of three years, the film shows that their primary struggle was not against each other, but against the political machines that control their respective parties. BATTLEGROUND is an antidote to the media echo chamber effect, which is marked by passion, but often devoid of understanding.
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