13th: From Slave to Criminal With One Amendment

PRESENTED BY: Meaningful Movies in Wallingford
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7:00 PM, Friday, June 2, 2017
Location: Wallingford, Seattle, WA (click for map)

The 13th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution abolished slavery in 1865, but it also included a provision regarding crime. “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist.” That exception has justified the use of forced labor as long as the laborer is a convict. This documentary argues that this loophole has led to mass criminalization of blacks and a sprawling American prison industry. Director Ava DuVernay supports her thesis with a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men

Release Year: 2016

Running Time: 100 minutes

Director: Ava DuVernay

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