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National ASLA and the Boston Chapter of ASLA Co-Host Dinner and a Movie Screening of the Award-Winning Film, "A Reckoning in Boston"

A Reckoning in Boston / Lost Nation Pictures

National ASLA and the Boston Chapter of ASLA invite landscape architects and related design professionals to its private screening of the award-winning film A Reckoning in Boston followed by a live, post-screening discussion with the filmmaker James Rutenbeck and subject Kafi Dixon on Thursday, May 20, 2021, 6:00-8:00pm EST.

About the Film

"Coming together at a night course at a community center, Kafi Dixon and Carl Chandler were seeking to transform their lives. When James Rutenbeck, a white suburban filmmaker comes to make a film about the school, he is forced to come to terms with his own complicity in racist structures in the community. Kafi and Carl come on board as producers of the film and the three bring to light the history of systemic racism that has spanned generations, along with its modern implications. A Reckoning in Boston shows that transformation, healing, and social change begins within each of us." -- The Film Study Center at Harvard University  

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A Reckoning in Boston presents a transformative opportunity for ASLA’s member community and allied organizations that extends beyond Boston,” said Lisa J. Jennings, Manager, Career Discovery and Diversity. “This film provides a unique opportunity for us to continue envisioning and delivering on key themes outlined in ASLA’s Racial Equity Plan. Our hope is that this documentary will be used to educate students and member institutions about systemic racism in the profession and help reshape design equity conversations in ways that embrace the collective voices of underrepresented communities.”

Visit ASLA’s hosting site and reserve your spot now to attend the private screening. This virtual event is FREE for members and non-members, but only open to U.S. registrants at this time.

Learn more about ASLA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work.

About the Film Director

"James Rutenbeck's non-fiction films have screened at various forums including Cinema du Reel, Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery and the Flaherty Film Seminar. James is a two-time recipient of the Alfred I. du Pont Columbia Journalism Award for his work as producer of the PBS series, Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? (2008), about health disparities in the U.S. and Class of '27, which he executive produced, directed and edited.

Class of '27
, about the lives of young children in rural America, is streaming as an Editor's Pick at The Atlantic. His film Scenes from a Parish aired on the PBS series Independent Lens in 2009. James' films have been funded by the Sundance Documentary Fund, LEF Moving Image Fund, Southern Humanities Media Fund and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. His broadcast editing credits include Zoot Suit Riots, Jimmy Carter and Roberto Clemente for the PBS series American Experience and the Peabody Award-winning DEEJ for Independent Lens. James studied filmmaking with Richard Leacock at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a Fellow at the Film Study Center at Harvard University in 2019/20. His new nonfiction feature film, A Reckoning in Boston, will air on the PBS series Independent Lens in 2021/22." -- IMDb/James Rutenbeck.

The Boston Globe describes the film as “an absolute must-see … a superb examination of our city’s inbred racial inequities that tackles the subject on both the systemic/structural level and the deeply personal.” 

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