Ava DuVernay’s “The 13th” Film Screening and Discussion


Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 6:00pm to 9:30pm


Knafel Center 10 Garden Street Cambridge, MA

Missed the discussion? Hear an audio recording on the AshCast!

The 13th

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School, along with the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, and the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research will host a film Screening and Discussion ofThe 13th with Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study  as part of Harvard Kennedy School’s Race and American Politics series.  

In collaboration with Netflix this screening is free and open to the public, but due to space limitations guests must RSVP to attend.

The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “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...” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis. A trailer for the film can be found here.

About Ava DuVernay

Nominated for two Academy Awards and four Golden Globes, writer/director Ava DuVernay's most recent feature "Selma" was one of 2015's most critically-acclaimed films. Winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival's Best Director Prize for her feature "Middle of Nowhere," DuVernay's earlier directorial work includes "I Will Follow," "Venus Vs," and "This is The Life." In Fall of 2016, her first television series as executive producer, writer and director, "Queen Sugar," debuted on Oprah Winfrey's network, OWN.  DuVernay distributes and amplifies the work of other people of color and women directors through her film collective ARRAY, named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in Hollywood for 2016.