Please join Magic of Cinema and the Port Angeles Racial Justice Collective for a screening of Ava Duvernay’s award-winning documentary, 13th, a film exploring the history of racial inequality in the US, especially the disproportionate number of incarcerated African Americans.
This screening, which is part of Peninsula College’s Dream Week honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will begin at 5:30 with a reading of Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail. There will be a letter-writing station where audience members can write letters of support to incarcerated individuals at Clallam Bay Correction Center and/or letters addressing human rights concerns at CBCC for newspapers and elected officials.
13th will start at 6:30. The title of DuVernay’s extrao 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 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 importance.
A discussion will follow the film led by the Racial Justice Collective, a community group that works to understand, unlearn, and dismantle racism and the institutions that perpetuate it. Members envision and work towards a society without domination and oppression, seeking to hold a safe space for community members and uplift the voices of black, indigenous, and people of color.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information contact Dr. Helen Lovejoy at email@example.com or (360) 417-6362.