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A Special Clemente Screening of A RECKONING IN BOSTON



In celebration of Clemente's 25th anniversary, members of the Clemente community are invited to join us for a virtual screening of the feature-length documentary film, A Reckoning in Boston. The film, which critics have called "remarkable" and "an absolute must-see," began in the Clemente classroom in Dorchester, MA. Filmmaker James Rutenbeck set out to document our adult students' engagement with the humanities. Over time, however, the film became about much more.


Reckoning follows two students--Kafi Dixon and Carl Chandler--in their lives in and outside the classroom, as they navigate the violence, racism, and gentrification that threaten their very place in the city. Kafi and Carl become producers and collaborators on the film and challenge James to question his own perspectives of the place where he lives. Five years later, Kafi and Carl come to surprising new places in their lives, and following their lead, James does too.


Use the button below to register to join us for the screening.

Once registered, the film will be available for screening from 10am to midnight ET, on September 30th, with a shared screening time of 6pm. A Q&A and discussion will follow afterwards at 7:30 ET, featuring:

  • Jack Cheng, former Academic Director of Boston Clemente

  • Kafi Dixon, Producer of A Reckoning in Boston and Clemente alum

  • Lela Hilton, Clemente's Executive Director

  • Patrick Rodriguez, Clemente alum from Common Good Atlanta

There will be time for audience questions and conversation.


A Reckoning in Boston will air on PBS Independent Lens next season, so this screening offers a sneak-peek of a documentary that will soon have a national audience. It is a moving and powerful piece of filmmaking and a rare look inside the Clemente classroom. We hope you'll join us in experiencing it and marking our quarter century of bringing important conversations to the community.

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