Film Screening and Discussion: Ava DuVernay’s "The 13th"


Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 6:00pm to 9:30pm


Knafel Center, 10 Garden St.

Presented by: The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School, along with the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, and the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research
Admission: In collaboration with Netflix this screening is free and open to the public, but due to space limitations guests must RSVP to attend.
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Film Screening and Discussion of The 13th with Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study as part of Harvard Kennedy School’s Race and American Politics series.  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. A trailer for the film can be found here.