Free Range Films is showing the award winning documentary, “13th” by Ava DuVernay on Friday, April 7 at 7:30pm. The film will be shown at the Suquamish Church of Christ located at 18732 Division Ave. in Suquamish.
This film documents how the U.S. criminal justice system has been driven by racism from the days of slavery to today’s era of mass incarceration. The film is named for the constitutional amendment that abolished slavery with the exception of punishment for crime. DuVernay’s documentary opens with the facts that today the U.S. has 5% of the population but 25% of the people of the world who are incarcerated. She demonstrates that slavery has been perpetuated in practice since the end of the American Civil War leading to the mass incarceration of people of color. The film features several prominent activists, academics and politicians such as Angela Davis,Van Jones and others.
“13th” has garnered acclaim from film critics and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2017. Ava DuVernay’s previous work included the 2014 hit film, “Selma” which was nominated for Best Picture.
This film explores the demonization of the minority poor for decades to serve political ends, contributing to unrealistic fears by whites and to persistent problems of police brutality and mass incarceration.
Discussion following the film, all are welcome at this free screening.
Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action co-sponsors Free Range Films.