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A RECKONING IN BOSTON grapples powerfully with the ongoing problem of structural inequality in our region’s hub city and beyond. Director James Rutenbeck set out to document the adult students in the Clemente Course, a rigorous, tuition-free night class in the humanities in Dorchester. What he discovered was something much bigger: the pervasive institutional racism that has impacted the lives of the students, and his own complicity. Two of the students, Kafi Dixon and Carl Chandler, became co-producers of Rutenbeck’s perceptive film. Stream A RECKONING IN BOSTON on PBS Independent Lens, then join us at 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 16 for a live interview and Q&A with director James Rutenbeck and co-producer Kafi Dixon. Trailer located here.
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