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'13th' Documentary Screening

Monday, October 30, 2017,

  • Location: Light Hall Room TBD

Join PHR and SNMA for a viewing of the documentary "13TH" by Ava DuVernay. 13TH investigates the prison system as it relates to the history of slavery, race, and mass incarceration in America. We will follow the film with discussion facilitated by Dr. Clair and Dr. Churchwell. Food will be provided for the first 30 people who sign up! See a longer description of the film below. 


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.