13th: From Slave to Criminal With One Amendment

PRESENTED BY: Meaningful Movies Tacoma
7:00 PM, Friday, February 17, 2017 PST
Location: Tacoma - CSL (click for map)

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.

Sponsors: Courtesy of Netflix - Thank you! Other Links - Slavery by Another Name: http://www.pbs.org/tpt/slavery-by-another-name/watch/   The House I Live In: www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/house-i-live-in/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/13THNetflix/

Release Year: 2016

Running Time: 1 hr 40 min

Director: Ava DuVernay

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  1. Kit Burns
    #1 Kit Burns Author 18 February, 2017, 16:49

    We had a great evening, thanks to everyone who came! Here is an article I just read that is worth the time: http://www.truthdig.com/arts_culture/page2/lyrics_from_lockdown_creator_on_using_art_as_a_wake-up_call_20170212
    Suggest Reading: Book – “TEARS WE CANNOT STOP” by Michael Eric Dyson.
    March 4th Bobby Seale comes to UW Tacoma at 7pm. Sign up on line at UWT.
    Other related documentaries that are worth seeing: “THE HOUSE I LIVE IN,” “WHITE LIKE ME,” and “SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME.”

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