Christian Community Development Association presents
This FREE screening is hosted by Knoxville’s Christian Community Development Association, as part of their annual “Locked In Solidarity” week raising awareness of the social tolls of mass incarceration. CCDA will offer an introduction and post-screening panel discussion.
“A calm, articulate, well-reasoned wail of anguish.” – Toronto Star
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 crucial and stirring document – of racism and injustice, of politics and the big-picture design of America – that will be watched and referenced for years to come.” – Variety