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.
Conversation: Monday, July 6 at 7:00pm. Registration is FREE. MSP Film Programmer Craig Laurence Rice moderates a conversation with special guests to be announced.
This screening is part of the MSP Film Society’s programming initiative, We the People: Required Watching, designed to spark conversation around current events and issues of social impact affecting our community, country and world. This event and series is generously supported by the GEORGE FAMILY FOUNDATION. All We the People online discussions are generously supported by Kelly and Mike Palmer.
The Capri is a proud promotional sponsor of the series.