’13th’ is an award-winning documentary by Ava DuVernay that explores the intersection of race, justice, and mass-incarceration in the United States. It discusses the economic history of slavery, post-Civil War racist legislation, and disproportionate rates of incarceration in our country. (African-American men are only six percent of our nation’s population but make up over forty percent of the prison population.) The Washington Post has called it “…a powerful look at how the modern-day prison labor system links to slavery.” The film was nominated for an Oscar in 2016.This will be a free screening that is open to the public, in honor of the anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Following the screening, participants will have the opportunity to discuss the film.
*Please note that the film is rated TV-MA, therefore we do not recommend it for anyone under 16 years old. The film also contains some graphic images (including violence and historical photographs of lynched men) as well as racial slurs. For more information about this movie’s rating and senstivie themes, please click here: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/13th