Saturday, May 20, 2023
5:00 P.M. Screening | 6:45 P.M. Encounters Dialogue & Dinner
Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center for Human Rights

film still from "A Reckoning in Boston."

After the 5:00 PM screening of A Reckoning in Boston, join us for dinner and an “Encounters Dialogue.” Encounters is a style of community dialogue that fosters an opportunity to engage in moderated, small-group conversation while sharing a meal. The dialogue will explore the film’s key themes of access to affordable housing and the long legacy of racism in Boston and will engage the filmmaker, James Rutenbeck, production teams, and protagonists, Kafi Dixon and Carl Chandler.

SEPARATE TICKETS ARE REQUIRED for the film screening and the Encounters Dialogue and Dinner. Dinner ticket reservation is very limited, so register early!
RESERVE TICKETS HERE: https://nehrff.ticketleap.com/

About the film:
In fall 2014, Kafi Dixon and Carl Chandler enrolled in a rigorous night course in the humanities at a community center in their Boston neighborhood of Dorchester. Kafi, 44, sharp, witty and restless, dropped out of school at 15. She had her first baby a year later and two more soon after. Carl, 65, who lives on a small pension and disability payment in one of Boston’s most dangerous neighborhoods, began the class with a keen interest in learning but little faith in educational institutions.

White suburban filmmaker James Rutenbeck came to Dorchester to document the students’ engagement with the Clemente Course in the Humanities. The Clemente Course is taught in 34 sites across the U.S.--to those who have experienced homelessness, transitioned out of incarceration or faced barriers to a college education. The Clemente mission is to foster critical thinking through deep engagement with history, literature, philosophy and art history. Clemente students, its proponents assert, become fuller and freer citizens.

But over time James is forced to come to terms with a flawed film premise and his own complicity in racist structures. As he spends time with Carl and Kafi, he’s awakened to the violence, racism and gentrification that threaten their very place in the city.

Troubled by his failure to bring the film together, he spends more time listening than filming and eventually enlists Kafi and Carl as collaborators/producers with a share in the film revenues. Five years on, despite many obstacles, Kafi and Carl arrive at surprising new places in their lives, and following their lead, James does too.

A Reckoning in Boston website: https://www.areckoninginboston.com/


Year: 2021 Director: James Rutenbeck
Genre: Documentary Producers: Carl Chandler, Kafi Dixon, James Rutenbeck
Runtime: 83 minutes Cinematographers: P.H. O’Brien, Allie Humenuk
Language: English Editor: James Rutenbeck
Country: United States Composer: Nate May