April 20, 2017
Social Issues in Film Series Presents “13th” May 1Valdosta State University’s 2016-2017 Social Issues in Film Series will present “13th” at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 1, in Nevins Hall Room 1061.
VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University’s 2016-2017 Social Issues in Film Series will present “13th” at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 1, in Nevins Hall Room 1061. Admission to the screening is free of charge and open to all students, faculty, staff, retirees, alumni, and friends of the university.
In “13th,” filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the prison system in the United States, focusing on the nation’s history of racial inequality. Named for the constitutional amendment that abolished slavery, the Academy Award-nominated documentary unearths the amendment’s criminal clause — “except as punishment for crime” — and shows its impact through mass incarceration of African American men.
“We explore everything from the reasons why the link between race and criminality was manufactured to how it’s used for profit and power and political gain, all the way up until the current day,” said DuVernay in an interview with New York Magazine.
The film was released in 2016 by Kandoo Films Inc. It has since earned 22 awards and 35 nominations.
Dr. Lorna Alvarez-Rivera, Dr. Tom Hochschild, Dr. Anne Price, and Dr. Shelly Yankovsky, faculty members in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, sponsor VSU’s annual Social Issues in Film Series.
Contact Dr. Tom Hochschild at trhochschildatvaldosta.edu to learn more.
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