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Institute of Contemporary Arts
A beige building stands alone in a plain
Allensworth, dir. James Benning, USA 2022, 65 min., English

What do the restored buildings tell us about their histories? Acclaimed filmmaker Benning takes us on a sensory journey into the history of Allensworth, a town that was systematically erased by racism and has since become a contested memorial. Resisting didactic ways of knowing, the film’s patient static shots allow us to draw deeper, personal connections between the quiet veneer of daily life and the ongoing struggles that simmer beneath it.

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