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Sullivan to Host Free Screening of 13TH

Monday, February 26, 2018, 6:30pm

13th film poster

Ava DuVernay’s critically acclaimed documentary, 13TH.

As part of its Black History Month activities, SUNY Sullivan’s Office of Diversity will present a free screening, open to the public, of 13TH, a Netflix Original Documentary from Ava DuVernay.

The screening will take place in Seelig Theater, on the SUNY Sullivan campus located at 112 College Road, Loch Sheldrake, NY on Monday, February 26th at 6:30pm. Following the screening, a discussion will take place, facilitated by Sandra Johnson, First Vice Chair of the NAACP.

About 13TH

13th is a 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay. The film explores the “intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States;” it is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which freed the slaves and prohibited slavery (unless as punishment for a crime).

DuVernay contends that slavery has been perpetuated in practices since the end of the American Civil War through such actions as criminalizing behavior and enabling police to arrest poor freedmen and force them to work for the state under convict leasing; suppression of African Americans by disenfranchisement, lynchings and Jim Crow; politicians declaring a war on drugs that weigh more heavily on minority communities and, by the late 20th century, mass incarceration of people of color in the United States. She examines the prison-industrial complex and the emerging detention-industrial complex, demonstrating how much money is being made by corporations from such incarcerations.

13th has garnered acclaim from film critics. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards, and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards.

For more information, contact Lorraine Lopez-Janove, Chief Diversity Officer at (845) 235-2764, or