NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will present an Academy Award-nominated film, “13th,” as part of its Global Film Series on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m. in Murdock Hall room 218.

This event is free and open to the public. A talkback will follow the screening of this film.

In “13th,” Director Ava DuVernay, also the director of “Selma,” explores the history of racial inequality in the United States. The film examines the American system of incarceration, specifically how the prison industrial complex affects people of color.

“13th” begins with an alarming statistic: one out of four African-American males will serve prison time at one point or another in their lives. DuVernay interviews liberal scholars and activists for the cause, such as Angela Davis, Henry Louis Gates and Van Jones, and also talks to conservatives such as Newt Gingrich and Grover Norquist.

According to Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian, “The Selma director’s fiercely radical Netflix documentary argues that America’s 13th constitutional amendment perpetuated a link between prison and slavery.”

“Powerful, infuriating and at times overwhelming, Ava DuVernay’s documentary ‘13th’ will get your blood boiling and tear ducts leaking,” said Manohla Dargis of the New York Times.

This event is co-sponsored by MCLA’s Interdisciplinary Studies and Women’s Studies programs, the Department of English/Communications, and by the Multicultural Education Resource Center.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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