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Documentary “13th” to screen Oct. 17 at MSU

October 11, 2017 -- MSU News Service

The Emmy-winning documentary “13th” by filmmaker Ava DuVernay is about racial inequality in the U.S. prison system, will be shown at Montana State University’s Procrastinator Theater at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct 17. It is free and open to the public.

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The Emmy-winning documentary “13th,” which is about racial inequality in the U.S. prison system, will be shown at Montana State University’s Procrastinator Theater at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct 17. It is free and open to the public.

By filmmaker Ava DuVernay, “13th” focuses on the intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States. The name of the film is taken from the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which freed the slaves and prohibited slavery, unless as punishment for a crime. The film discusses the disproportion of African-Americans in the nation’s prisons. The film includes an appearance by social justice activist Bryan Stevenson, who wrote the nonfiction bestseller “Just Mercy.” Stevenson, who is founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and clinical professor at New York University School of Law, spoke at MSU’s Convocation in August. “13th” was nominated for an Oscar, won an Emmy for the best documentary and also received BAFTA and NAACP Image awards. DuVernay is the award-winning filmmaker who directed the film “Selma.”

“This film will re-engage students with the message that Bryan Stevenson brought to Montana State University during the 2017 Convocation,” said Ben Manion, a sophomore studying film and a student associate at the MSU Leadership Institute. “’13th’ provides a plethora of information to its viewers regarding the recent political history of racial inequality in the United States.”

The film launches the MSU Leadership Institute’s film series of 2017- 2018 and is held in conjunction with the institute’s 20th anniversary celebration.

The MSU Leadership Institute’s mission is to inspire MSU students to become leaders who serve as catalysts for positive change through hosting world-class speakers, leadership workshops and films. Notable past speakers include Sir Ken Robinson, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Maya Angelou and Condoleezza Rice, among many others.

For more information, call the MSU Leadership Institute at (406) 994-7275 or visit www.montana.edu/leadership or facebook.com/MSULeadershipInstitute.

Carmen McSpadden 406-994-7667, cmcspadden@montana.edu