As part of the African American Museum of Philadelphia’s Films at AAMP series, Reelblack will be presenting a screening of Ava DuVernay’s masterful and timely documentary, 13th. Centering on the 13th Amendment, the film takes an unabashed look at modern day slavery in the form of America’s prison population, which is overwhelmingly African American.
The screening takes place on January 13, 2017, with doors opening at 6:00 pm, followed by the screening at 6:30 pm. In addition, cost for the screening is free, with a RSVP. For more information, and to ensure a seat at the screening, please visit the African American Museum of Philadelphia’s official website.
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.