Special Showing


Wednesday, November 8 at 7pm

Co-presented by Williams Reads and the Williams College Davis Center.



Starring: Angela Davis, Van Jones, Jelani Cobb

Introduction by Bilal Ansari, Assistant Director of the Williams College Davis Center

The title of Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which 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.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.

  • Director: Ava DuVernay
  • Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“A miraculous cine-history of the criminalization of American blackness.... Few films shake and astonish like this one, even though nothing in it should be a surprise.”

– Village Voice

This film is co-presented by Williams Reads and the Williams College Davis Center as part of the Davis Center Social Change Film Series.