Movie Night: 13th

Marking Black History Month Feb 2019

Friday Feb 15, 7pm 

"13th", 2016, Documentary, Directed by Ava DuVernay.

Rotten Tomatoes: "The title of Ava DuVernay's extraordinary and galvanizing documentary 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."

The Guardian: "Ava DuVernay’s incendiary film is a wakeup call that steers clear of broad brush Michael Moorisms to offer a brutal analysis of race and the law in the US"

See full review.