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Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 8:00pm
  • Doors at 7:30pm

  • Movie at 8:00pm

  • Discussion Follows

  • Cost: This is a Netflix movie, so all donations will go to local organizations dealing with criminalization of African Americans. If you have an organization to recommend, please let us know!

  • Please bring friends and BYOB

  • Admission is usually by donation unless noted. 

We continue to rattle the bars at Casket Cinema with a special free screening of the Oscar nominated documentary 13th on November 2nd at 8pm.

This award winning doc interviews; scholars, activists and politicians as they study the history of the criminalization of African Americans in the U.S. prison system. Directed by Ava DuVernay shortly after her wonderful film “Selma”.

This movie explores areas not often probed, for instance; how the 13th amendment has been used to virtually enslave millions in prison, how the “War on Drugs” has impacted the black community, how legislation is written by think tanks to financially benefit the prison industry and other dark corners members of Casket Cinema will surely find thought provoking.  

13th is a 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay. The film explores the "intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States;"[3] it is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which freed the slaves and prohibited slavery (unless as punishment for a crime).

DuVernay's documentary opens with an audio clip of former President Barack Obama stating that the US has five percent of the world's population but twenty-five percent of the world's prisoners. She demonstrates that slavery has been perpetuated in practices since the end of the American Civil War through such actions as criminalizing behavior and enabling police to arrest poor freedmen and force them to work for the state under convict leasing; suppression of African Americans by disenfranchisement, lynchings and Jim Crow; politicians declaring a war on drugs that weigh more heavily on minority communities and, by the late 20th century, mass incarceration of people of color in the United States. She examines the prison-industrial complex and the emerging detention-industrial complex, demonstrating how much money is being made by corporations from such incarcerations.

13th has garnered acclaim from film critics. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards, and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Specialat the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards.[4]