The first showing will begin at 3PM with a discussion to follow. The second showing is at 7PM.
The documentary chronicles the fallout from the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment, ratified in 1865, purported to end slavery and DuVernay argues the amendment has allowed the enslavement of thousands of people since its adoption. DuVernay’s focus of the documentary is the "history of systems of racial control from the years after the abolition of slavery all the way to George Zimmerman’s speaking to a police dispatcher about the 17 year old Trayvon Martin" (Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 2016).
DuVernay interviews experts to get a detailed view of modern day slavery. She interviews Michelle Alexander, the author of "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" and Bryan Stevenson, author of "Just Mercy." The "13th" film features an in-depth conversation with former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich about racial issues in America.