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Documentary Day: 13th by Ava Duvernay

Saturday, February 9th, 2019
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Community Room
The movie poster for Ava Duvernay's 13th.
© Netflix. Rated TV-MA.

Join us for a special showing of the Emmy- and Oscar-nominated film 13th by Ava Duvernay, director of Selma, A Wrinkle in Time and many more.

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.

Program courtesy of the Friends of the William Jeanes Memorial Library



Adam Gilbert-Cole   acole@mclinc.org   610-828-0441 ext. 103


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