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13TH

Dir: Ava DuVernay
United States / 2016 / 100mins

★★★★ "a powerful work of history and a lucid argument for change." - Dave Calhoun, Time Out

Directed and produced by Ava DuVernay, The 13th explores how mass incarceration in America evolved to its current epic proportions and what the ramifications are for communities of colour across the country.

The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanising 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 criminalisation 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. 

Book Tickets

Date: Fri 7 Oct 2016 - Thu 13 Oct 2016
Price: £9 (£7 concessions) / £5 OFF PEAK
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