The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing 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. A Netflix original documentary.
Picture Motion worked with Netflix to organize special community screenings and conversations o help highlight and accelerate change in the issues raised in the film.
To help shift public discourse around race and mass incarceration, we are collaborated with activists, organizers, festivals, and community partners to organize a community screening series.
Working with partners such as the Media Mobilizing Project, ACLU, and The Center for Media Justice, we organized 20 impactful screening events in 17 cities with approximately 5600 attendees. Events featured speakers such as Michelle Alexander, Bryan Stevenson, Malkia Cyril, and Michele Norris.