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'13th' documentary examines racial inequality in U.S. prison system

January 25, 2019 - Robbie Goodrich
A free, one-night screening of the documentary "13th" will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of the documentary "13th" at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Directed by Ava DuVernay, the 2016 Netflix film gives an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality, according to a description at imdb.com. The film is titled after the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which freed slaves and prohibited slavery.

"13th" was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards, and it won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards.

This screening is part of the School of Art's monthly Friday Film Series and is sponsored in part by William Arscott, Nacogdoches Film Festival, Karon Gillespie, Mike Mollot, David Kulhavy, John and Kristen Heath, Galleria Z, Jill Carrington, Jean Stephens, Jim and Mary Neal, Richard Orton, Nacogdoches Junior Forum and Main Street Nacogdoches.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.