Join the Jeffery Manor Branch for a discussion of the documentary film 13th.
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.
Click on the image below to watch film. Netflix Original Documentary- 1 hour, 40 min
U.S. Rating: TV-MA For mature audiences. May not be suitable for ages 17 and under.
How to Attend
After watching the documentary film, please join us in discussion.
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