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Benacka to lead film discussion

Assistant Professor of Communication Elizabeth Benacka will introduce Ruth Ozeki’s documentary film, Halving the Bones, and lead a discussion at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 18 at the Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road.

After the death of her grandmother, Ozeki travels to Japan to collect her remains. But she’s surprised to find that, in Japan, cremation doesn’t render the body into ash; what she is left with are pieces of her grandmother’s bones.

Five years after returning to the US with her grim cargo, Ozecki begins work on this documentary in which she tries to figure out what to do with the bones. Along the way, she wrestles with her own family history and mixed racial background.

Ozeki’s novel, A Tale for the Time Being, is this year’s Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale book selection. The city-wide reading program is sponsored by Lake Forest College, Lake Forest Library, the Ragdale Foundation, Friends of Lake Forest Library, and Lake Forest Book Store.

The novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest will discuss her book in conversation with Associate Dean of the Faculty and Professor of English Davis Schneiderman at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 26 in Calvin Durand Hall.