Feb 13 -  Documentary Screening as part of Black History Month: 13th


Thornbrough 1200 at 7:15pm


Academy Awards nominee for Best Documentary.

From Slave to Criminal with One Amendment.

13TH strikes at the heart of America's tangled racial history, offering observations as incendiary as they are calmly controlled.

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.

With thanks to Netflix & Kandoofilms for approving this screening.

100 mins

Co-presented by the Central Student Association, SHAC & Student Life