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"13th" Film & Guided Discussion

  • Bemidji State University American Indian Resource Center 1500 Birchmont Drive Northeast Bemidji, MN, 56601 United States (map)

Dr. Anton Treuer will lead a guided discussion of the documentary "13th" after viewing at the American Indian Resource Center at BSU.

"13th" is an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality. The film begins with the idea that 25 percent of the people in the world who are incarcerated are incarcerated in the U.S. although the U.S. has just 5% of the world's population. "13th" charts the explosive growth in America's prison population; in 1970, there were about 200,000 prisoners; today, the prison population is more than 2 million. The documentary touches on chattel slavery; D. W. Griffith's film "The Birth of a Nation"; Emmett Till; the civil rights movement; the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Richard M. Nixon; and Ronald Reagan's declaration of the war on drugs and much more.

This event is part of the Bemidji Area Truth & Reconciliation effort. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Peacemaker Resources and Bemidji State University.