AWFJ Movie of the Week, January 13 – January 20, 2017: 13TH

Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th, using the 13th Amendment as a point of departure for a revealing investigation of mass incarceration in the US, is a history lesson, cinema essay and cogent, irrefutable indictment of economic and cultural policies that are the enduring legacy of slavery. The 13th was the first nonfiction film to open the New York Film Festival. It has garnered numerous awards and is shortlisted for an Academy Award. AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is The 13th, playing at select theaters and on Netflix. Read on…

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SPOTLIGHT January 2017: Ava DuVernay, Film Director and Crusader — by Marilyn Ferdinand

ava-duvernay-head-shotAva DuVernay prolifically creates award-winning narratives, documentaries and TV with small and large budgets. She generously supports the work of women directors and people of color through her film collective ARRAY. It’s hard to think of a more productive, galvanizing and charismatic woman in film than Ava DuVernay.

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