The McKinley Foundation will screen 13th, Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary, on Friday, February 8, at 7 PM in the McKinley Foundation Living Room. There will be a post screening discussion featuring guest speaker Spencer Headworth, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Purdue University.
13th, the title of DuVernay’s 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.
Spencer Headworth, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Purdue University, will facilitate a pre- and post- screening discussion of the film. Dr. Headworth’s areas of research and teaching interests include crime and criminal justice, law, professions, and social inequalities.
Movie is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Free parking is available at the parking garage across the street.
This film is part of a year-long series exploring freedom in the 21st century, inspired by American artist Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms (1941)—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.