Saratoga Jewish Community Arts, sponsored by Jewish Federation of NENY and Temple Sinai, present the film 13th.
13th is an award winning 2016 documentary by director Ava DuVernay. The film explores the confluence of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States. It is titled after the Thirteenth amendment to the US Constitution, adopted in 1865, which abolished slavery throughout the States and ended involuntary servitude except as a punishment for conviction of a crime. DuVernay contends that slavery has been perpetuated since the end of the Civil War through 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, lynching, and Jim Crow; politicians declaring a war on drugs that weighs more heavily on minority communities. and, by the late 20th century, mass incarceration of people of color in the US.
Our format is a bit different than our usual practice. As we all are experiencing the need to find alternative ways to deliver our education, entertainment, etc., this film program will be an on your own viewing opportunity. The film 13th is available through one or more of the following: Netflix HBO, UTube, Amazon, Amazon Prime or other creative outlets you may choose. On July 26 at 7 pm, there will be a Zoom panel discussion with 5-7 respondents who can talk about the film as art, as it relates to their experience, or as response to the material presented.
13th film panel will include Daniel Nathan, PhD; Reverend Michael Bell; Pastor Mark Kehrer; Timothy Harper, PhD; Kenneth Evans, Financial and Business Services; and Rabbis Linda Motzkin and Jonathan Rubenstein. Individual bios will be included in the program that will be emailed to registrants prior to the panel discussion. Registration is required.
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.