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The Reckoning screening is moved to fall
Dordt College is one of a dozen locations that will host a screening of the award-winning documentary film The Reckoning: Remembering the Dutch Resistance, produced by the Grand Rapids-based Storytelling Pictures. The film is based on a script written originally by James C. Schaap and features interviews with four Dutch resistance workers—people the Jewish people came to call “righteous gentiles”—along with two Jewish survivors of the war in the Netherlands.
The Reckoning is a project of creative director John Evans, whose mother was kept safe by the Dutch during the war. After reading Things We Couldn’t Say by Diet Eman and James Schaap, Evans asked Schaap to help write a script for the film. Two years later the film was named winner of the New York International Film Festival and awaits the results of several more major film festival competitions. In the meantime, it is scheduled for screenings in the United States and abroad, including Toronto, Amsterdam, and Rotterdam as well as Chicago, Los Angeles, Cleveland, New Orleans, Cleveland, Grand Rapids, and Pella. Plans are being developed to distribute it widely through educational venues and theaters following its entry into the film festivals.
“Most people recognize the importance of capturing these types of stories for future generations, but it is amazing when those stories happen to be the real-life experiences of your neighbors,” says Storytelling Pictures President Corey Niemchick.
The Reckoning was originally scheduled to be shown on April 21, but due to scheduling conflicts, it will now be shown in Sioux Center in the fall. For information on screenings in other locations visit www.dutchresistance.net