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A Reckoning in Boston
83-minutes
At a night class in Boston, Kafi Dixon is transformed by the lessons of history and philosophy. But is her new sense of agency strong to deflect the inequities of wealth and race in a rapidly gentrifying city?
Screening day / time
  • Nov 18-21: Virtual Encore
  • Nov 14 (Sun): Block 3 – 2:30pm

A Reckoning in Boston

Filmmakers
Running Time
Feature Film
83 minutes
Genres
Documentary

A Reckoning in Boston

Kafi Dixon dreams of starting a land cooperative for women of color who have experienced trauma and disenfranchisement in the city of Boston. By day she drives a city bus; at night she studies the humanities in a tuition-free course. Her classmate Carl Chandler, a community elder, is the class’ intellectual leader.  White suburban filmmaker James Rutenbeck documents the students’ engagement with the humanities. He looks for transformations but is awakened to the violence, racism, and gentrification that threaten Kafi and Carl’s very place in the city. Troubled by his failure to bring the film together, he enlists the pair as collaborators 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 James does too.

Film details
Year(s) screened
  • 2021
Subtitles
None
More information
Festival screenings
Screening Day / Time
  • Nov 18-21: Virtual Encore
  • Nov 14 (Sun): Block 3 – 2:30pm
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