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13th (movie showing)
The Philosophy Department will be showing the documentary 13th on Tuesday, March 21st from 12:30-2:30 in SH 118 (flyer attached). The film received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature this year (the director, Ava DuVernay, is the first African-American woman to receive an Oscar nomination in that category). If you’re not familiar with it, the film “explores the history of race and the criminal justice system in the United States. The film’s title refers to the 13th Amendment”, and here is the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V66F3WU2CKk
Also here is an excerpt from an interview NPR’s Michel Martin had with the filmmaker in December (the full interview is here http://www.npr.org/2016/12/17/505996792/documentary-13th-argues-mass-incarceration-is-an-extension-of-slavery):
“MARTIN: You know, your film makes an argument, which will be familiar to some people, but which will be quite provocative to others, that actually the way we use the criminal justice system in this country, particularly the way we use incarceration, is really an extension of slavery, that it’s a form of racialized control. And you can see where a lot of people might think, you know, wait a minute, you know, what do you mean? You commit a crime, you go to prison, it doesn’t matter what color you are.
DUVERNAY: Yeah, that’s why I made this film to answer people who think that. I mean, it’s such a complicated answer. The film really unravels the fact that that kind of thinking is too small. That kind of statement really means that you have no context for what you’re thinking. And that’s not to make anyone feel bad. It’s to say we can do better. You can have a more deeply rooted and nuanced knowledge of the fact that, you know, every person who is in prison is not a criminal, that all crimes are not created equal, that all sentences are not equal. And the idea behind “13TH” is to give people that context so that we don’t make uninformed statements, that we can all work from a place of knowledge to try to get to a place where we just do better as Americans.”
Following the film (which is an hour and 40 minutes), we will have a discussion.