January 6, 2018 –
Join Racial Justice Rising for a screening of Ava DuVernay's in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality. The film will be followed by facilitated discussion.
The film's title 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.