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Docs and Dialogue - "13th" by Ava DuVernay

The next “Docs and Dialog”, FCC’s new series of documentary film viewing and follow up discussion, will take place on Tuesday, January 22 at 7pm in Patton Auditorium. On that night, we will see the Peabody and Critic’s Choice award-winning, as well as Academy Award nominated documentary, “13th”.

The title of director Ava DuVernay’s film refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which DuVernay uses as the basis for an exploration of the current state of mass incarceration in America, the explosion of our nation’s prison system in recent times, and the particular effects of those two on African Americans.

“13th” is particularly relevant in this month when we remember the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and in this time when a significant number of law enforcement officials and elected leaders from every part of the political spectrum are calling for reforms in our prison and criminal justice systems.