Remind Me
When: Tue., May 9, 7 p.m.
Phone: 510-433-9730
Email: elmwood@rialtocinemas.com
Price: FREE
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The title of Ava DuVernay's (Selma) 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 mixture of archival footage and testimony from activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis. FREE SCREENING

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