One Book Watch Party: 13th

Sunday, August 23, 2020 - 12:00am
Monday, August 24, 2020 - 12:00am
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 12:00am
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 12:00am
Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 12:00am
Friday, August 28, 2020 - 12:00am
Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 12:00am
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From slave to criminal with one amendment
Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay's examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country's history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America. This piercing, Oscar-nominated film won Best Documentary at the Emmys, the BAFTAs and the NAACP Image Awards.
This is a documentary about how the Thirteenth Amendment led to mass incarceration in the United States, and "a gorgeous, evocative, and maddening exploration of words: of their power, their roots, their permanence. It’s about those who wield those words and those made to kneel by them. Many Americans by now are familiar with the coded language of the country’s racial hegemony. Some shun certain words while others make anthems out of them," says The Atlantic. "The film opens with an analysis of the eponymous amendment: '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.' 13th then spends over an hour and a half tracing the path from the clause between those two commas to the 2.2 million prisoners in the American justice system."
Watch the film at the link.
Run time: 100 minutes
“Incendiary, indelible and indispensable.”
Rolling Stone

One Book Steamboat

This is a featured event to enhance the 2020 ONE BOOK STEAMBOAT cross-generational community reading of the antiracist works of Ibram X. Kendi, because change demands community-wide education, introspection & action.