Described as a story, “150 years in the making,” Ava DuVernay’s Netflix original documentary, 13th explores the loophole of the Constitution’s 13th amendment.

Section one of the amendment 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, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” The loophole that the documentary addresses is a dangerous linking of six words: except as a punishment for crime. One interviewee in the trailer notes that there are more African Americans under supervision in American prisons than were slaves in the 1850s. DuVernay explores the ills of the prison system, particularly the treatment and persecution of African Americans, and queries: why are one out of four imprisoned people in the world locked up in the land of the free?

Tin Roof will screen the documentary Thurs., March 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. The event is free and there will be complimentary popcorn served during the film, so no excuse not to attend.

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