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@RoxFilm: ‘A Reckoning in Boston’ and ‘A Tale of Three Chinatowns’

June 23 @ 5:00 pm - June 27 @ 9:30 pm


A Reckoning in Boston @ RoxFilm

Premiere: June 24, 5:00 pm ET
On Demand: Through June 26, 5:00 pm ET
Live Q&A: June 24, 6:30 pm ET

$10 | 83 mins | Ages 13+ Mature content: Gun violence
In English with captions
Director/Producer/Writer/Editor: James Rutenbeck
Producers: Carl Chandler & Kafi Dixon

A white filmmaker comes into a Black community looking for transformation in the lives of low-income adults enrolled in a night course in the humanities. As he spends more time with the students, he’s awakened to the violence, racism, and gentrification that threaten their very place in the city. Post-film conversation with filmmakers.

A Tale of Three Chinatowns @ RoxFilm

Premiere: June 23, 8:00 pm ET
On Demand: Through June 27, 10:00 pm ET

$10 | 90 mins | All Ages
In English
Director: Lisa Mao
Executive Producer: Penny Lee

A Tale of Three Chinatowns explores the survival of urban ethnic neighborhoods. Specifically examining Chinatowns in three American cities, the film looks at the forces altering each community and the challenges that go with them.The film profiles Chinatowns in Washington D.C., Chicago, and Boston, and features the voices of residents, community activists, developers, government officials, and others who have a connection to this ubiquitous neighborhood. Through these perspectives, the film presents the present-day pressing topic of urban development and gentrification through the eyes of those on the frontlines.

Chicago’s Chinatown is a story of growth where the Asian-American population has increased and its borders have expanded. In contrast, D.C.’s Chinatown has dwindled to an estimated population of 300 residents of Chinese descent. The Chinatown neighborhood in Boston finds itself somewhere in between these two extremes, as various groups fight for the land on which it sits. Post-film conversation with filmmakers.

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