America ReFramed

The Cost of Inheritance

Season 12  Episode 1

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THE COST OF INHERITANCE, an America ReFramed special, is an hour-long documentary that explores the complex issue of reparations in the United States using a thoughtful approach to history, historical injustices, systemic inequities, and the critical dialogue on racial conciliation. Through personal narratives, community inquiries, and scholarly insights, it aims to inspire understanding of the scope and rationale of the reparations debate.


On January 8, a panel featuring the filmmakers and subjects discussed the making of the film, what reparations can look like across the country and where they think the conversation is going next. Watch the recorded event!


Watch a 'Beyond the Lens' featurette with the filmmakers and subjects at the 2023 DOC NYC film festival premiere. Watch Now!

This community discussion guide has been created for screening the film. The goal is for you to engage in productive dialogue around the ideas presented in the film and establish options for further action and education. Click to download!

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