6 days ago · 7:30 PM
Ethical Culture Society
First Friday Films presents:
"The 13th" (2016) Director: Ava DuVernay
The 13th Amendment to the Constitution barred slavery ... but it left an exception that America was quick to use.
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. The film shows how the criminal justice system was used as a tool of racial oppression.
“The movie’s power comes from the way it puts everything in context, drawing connections across decades and tying all its loose strands together.” A.A. Dowd, A.V.Club
“The first documentary ever to be selected as the opening-night film of The New York Film Festival on September 30, 2016 ...
DuVernay, the brilliant director of “Selma,” has made a film that possesses a piercing relevance in the age of Black Lives Matter and the unspeakable horror and tragedy of escalated police shootings. “13TH” looks at the current American state of “mass incarceration,” a phrase that has quickly grown numbing with repetition; DuVernay puts the feeling back into it.... “13TH” makes you realize that it’s everyone’s problem.” Owen Glieberman, Variety.
Discussion after the film.