Screening of “13th”

On Saturday, June 3, Columbus Public Library and the Southern Anti-Racism Network hosted a screening and discussion of “13th”, the acclaimed documentary about the impact of the 13th Amendment. Approximately 20 people attended the screening and discussion of that followed on mass incarceration and “slavery by another name”. Theresa El-Amin, Regional Director, Southern Anti-Racism Network led the discussion after the 1 hour and 40 minutes viewing of “13th”.

On Monday, June 19 a second showing will take place at Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road at 7pm. A discussion will follow led by one of the attendees from the June 3 viewing of “13th”. SARN is once again co-hosting the event with the Columbus Public Library.

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Below is an excerpt from a review by Roger Ebert.


Between the lines, “13th” boldly asks the question if African-Americans were actually ever truly “free” in this country. We are freer, as this generation has it a lot easier than our ancestors who were enslaved, but the question of being as completely “free” as our White compatriots hangs in the air. If not, will the day come when all things will be equal? The final takeaway of “13th” is that change must come not from politicians, but from the hearts and minds of the American people.

Despite the heavy subject matter, DuVernay ends the film with joyful scenes of children and adults of color enjoying themselves in a variety of activities. It reminds us, as she said in her Q&A with NYFF director Kent Jones, that “Black trauma is not our entire lives. There is also Black joy.” That inspiring message, and all the important, educational information provided by this excellent documentary, make “13th” a must-see.