Film Screening on Contemporary Slavery in the U.S.
BLUE HILL — On July 28 Peninsula Peace & Justice will screen the 2016 documentary 13th at Blue Hill Public Library. The film delineates the radical consequences of an accelerated legal use of the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to justify economic use of convicted criminals as slaves. It shows how this exception to the Amendment’s termination of slavery has been disproportionately applied to African-American citizens, benefiting large corporate interests and the states.
25% of the world’s prisoners now populate American cells. This film’s lucid narration the means by which decisions were developed and implemented reveal startling practices in law and corrections systems that perpetuate poverty, disenfranchisement, and racism throughout our nation.
Written and directed by Ava DuVernay, who made Selma a year earlier, 13th has been universally acclaimed by critics. Nominated for an Oscar as Best Documentary, it won The British Academy of Film and Television Arts award in that category.
The film will be shown at the Blue Hill Library, 7 p.m. on Friday July 28. Free and open to the public. For more info: Phone 374-2357.