Movie Screening: 13TH A new Film by Ava DuVernay

October 14, 2016

Please join the National Lawyers Guild and the Lillian Goldman Law Library on Thursday, October 20th at 6pm in SLB 128 for a screening of:


A new film by Ava DuVernay

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.” -13th Amendment

Ava DuVernay, of Selma fame, released her newest film—13TH—last week to critical acclaim: “An unflinching, well-informed and thoroughly researched look at the American system of incarceration” (Roger Ebert); “incendiary, indelible and indispensable” (Rolling Stone); “vital, searing and engaging” (Vox); “devastating, infuriating and bracing” (Truthdig).

The documentary focuses on how “for hundreds of years now, the American justice system has been serving as a vehicle for racism and the political rhetoric that capitalizes on it. From the ‘convict leasing’ of former slaves after 1865, to the criminalization of civil rights activism in the 1960s, to the craven politicking that used images of black criminality to win elections in the 1970s and ’80s, the story of how we got to our present moment is devastating in its coherence.” (Slate)

The movie is “a stirring treatise on the prison industrial complex through a nexus of racism, capitalism, policies and politics,” “electrifying,” “powerful, infuriating and at times overwhelming.” (New York Times)

Sponsored by the Lillian Goldman Law Library and the National Lawyers Guild. 

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