13th | Motorco Music Hall | Screen: Special Showings | Indy Week

Screen: Special Showings


When: Tue., March 14, 7 p.m. 2017

In the documentary 13th, Ava DuVernay unpacks the trajectory of the eponymous constitutional amendment, which abolished slavery "except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted." Through this loophole clause, DuVernay connects slavery to mass incarceration, revealing the extent to which our laws—and human rights—have become arbitrary in practice. The prison population has quintupled in the last forty years, and black Americans are imprisoned five times more often than white Americans. The documentary combines interviews from civil rights leaders like Angela Davis and black writers like Jelani Cobb with brutal archival footage from which you can draw a harrowing line to the divisive rhetoric and systemic violence against black people today. 13th is a quick-hit lesson about the undercurrent of racism fueling American society; see it at this free community screening. —Victoria Bouloubasis

Price: Free

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