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Redefining Justice: A Community Call to Action

21 September 2017 Published in Past Events

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In recognition of National Youth Justice Awareness Month, the Utah Film Center is collaborating with several community partners invested in social and racial justice to host a film screening of Ava DuVernay’s documentary, 13th. The film is an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States & how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality.

Redefining Justice: A Community Call to Action
"13th" – Free Film Screening & Discussion
Thursday, Oct. 5, 7:00 p.m., (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
Salt Lake County Library's Viridian Event Center,
8030 South 1825 West, West Jordan, 84088
This film is free and open to the public. No tickets needed but please RSVP!The film will be introduced by Billy Palmer from KRCL.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Nubia Peña, Attorney at Utah Juvenile Defender Attorneys and Advocacy and Prevention Training Specialist at UCASA
Panelists include:

  • Dr. Roderic Land, ACLU of Utah Board Member
  • Lex Scott, Founder of United Front and Organizer with Black Lives Matter
  • Kathy Abarca, Executive Director, Racially Just Utah


A special thanks to participating partners: ACLU of Utah, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salt Lake, Journey of Hope, Juvenile Justice Services, KRCL RadioActive, Racially Just Utah, Salt Lake County Mayor's Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Salt Lake County Library, Salt Lake Peer Court, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Utah Educators for Social Justice, Utah Film Center, Utah Juvenile Defender Attorneys, Utah Minority Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, YWCA of Utah

***CLE Utah State Bar Approval Pending***

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The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary 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. 13TH is a Netflix original documentary.

Winner: Best Documentary–2017 BAFTA; Nominated: Best Documentary Feature–2017 Academy Awards

Film is free and open to the public. No tickets needed.



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