“How did we get from abolishing slavery with the 13th Amendment, to imprisoning way more people than any other country in the world?” asks Ava DuVernay. 13th is her riveting response. The film explores the intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in America. It’s titled after the US Constitution’s 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, “except as punishment for a crime.” The film shows how that exception portended a series of laws and actions that have perpetuated slavery’s devastating effects to the present day.
The Bay Area Writing Project will both join ADFS in the screening, and offer a half-day seminar for teachers the next day at UC Berkeley. (see below)
What: FREE Screening & Bay Area Writing Project-facilitated conversation with Melina Abdullah, who is featured in the film.
When: 6:30 – 9 PM, Friday, April 21, 2017
Where: Ellen Driscoll Playhouse, 325 Highland Ave, Piedmont, CA
Our guest speaker, Melina Abdullah, is featured in 13th. She is a Professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. She was one of the original organizers of the Black Lives Matter movement and continues to serve serve in a leadership capacity.
The evening’s program has been organized to combine the film with facilitated community conversation and teacher professional development. All are welcome.
The screening is also the first part of a two-day BAWP Professional Development Program for Teachers, aimed at helping the participants to find approaches to raising these delicate conversations in meaningful and powerful ways. The Program continues with teacher professional development workshops at UC Berkeley the following morning, April 22nd from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. Registration for the workshops will be $30 and will be led by Bay Area Writing Project Teacher Consultants. Registration is now available online at www.bayareawritingproject.org/13thworkshops
The Bay Area Writing Project is a non-profit organization out of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education.
13th receives critical praise: 2017 Oscar Nomination for Best Documentary
A Powerful, infuriating and at times overwhelming, Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13TH will get your blood boiling and tear ducts leaking. — Manohla Dargis, The NYTimes
When you watch “13TH,” you feel that you’re seeing an essential dimension of America with new vision. That’s what a cathartically clear-eyed work of documentary art can do. — Owen Gleiberman, Variety
In this fierce call to action, director Ava DuVernay effectively doubles down on both educating her viewers and inspiring them to take a stand against racial injustice in 2016 America. — Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media