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Screening and Discussion of Ava DuVernay’s 13th
February 19 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm| Free
Director Ava DuVernay presents a searing look at a century of race relations in America in this far-reaching and powerful documentary.
The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary 13TH refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis. From the rebirth of the KKK and the impact of DW Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation; through Nixon’s ‘war on crime’ and the introduction of the 1994 Crime Bill, DuVernay and her interview subjects trace – or in some cases, inadvertently reveal – the staggering trajectory of institutionalised racism in the criminal justice system, while dissecting the politicians and corporations that have benefited from its escalation.
Followed by in-depth discussion. Speaker and facilitator: TBD
This program is part of our Community Connections Series – Using the Power of Film to Lead Intentional Lives and was funded in part by a Humanities New York Action Grant.