13th (film discussion): July 26 at 7pm

Saratoga Jewish Community Arts, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Northeast NY, 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 weights 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, YouTube, Amazon, Amazon Prime or other creative outlets you may choose. On July 26 at 7pm 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 (Skidmore College); Reverend Michael Bell; Pastor Mark Kehrer; Timothy Harper (Skidmore College); Kenneth Evans (Financial and Business Services); Song Lee (UVM) and Tanesha Ingram (community organizer, activist). Individual bios will be included in the program that will be emailed to registrants prior to the panel discussion. Registration is required.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Click here for the program.