Sat Feb 16th: “13th” – for-profit private prisons – the new slavery

Saturday, February 16, 2019, 7:00 p.m.



February is Black History Month

Faculty of Social Science, University of Ottawa, room 1006 (FSS 1006)

120 University Private, Ottawa, ON.


Directions to FSS-1006 :

The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary 13TH refers to the 13th Amendment to the U.S. 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.
1 hr. 40 min.




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