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13th

Wednesday, January 17

2017
Director: Ava DuVernay
Run time: 100 minutes  

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay, best known for the critically-acclaimed film Selma about the equal voting rights movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., brings another thought-provoking medium to audiences in the form of the Oscar-nominated Netflix Original Documentary entitled 13th.

13th is an exploration of the history of racial inequality in America, with a focus on the 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution that outlawed slavery and involuntary servitude "except as a punishment for crime." The documentary examines how the 13th amendment criminal clause has resulted in a modern day form of slavery through mass incarceration that disproportionately impacts people of color, particularly African American men in America.

Source: Sandra Mathews-Sims, Huntington Post, January 30, 2017

Official director's site: http://www.avaduvernay.com/13th/

The documentary was nominated for Best Feature Documentary honors in the 2017 Academy Awards (Oscars).

Speaker:

Jeff Mallory
Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Duquesne University