13th + panel featuring Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors

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    Angela Davis in '13th'


13th + panel featuring Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors


Sunday Feb 12 07:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre

About the Film:

Part of the Honolulu African American Film Festival 2017

This event includes a free screening of 13th directed by Ava Duvernay followed by a panel featuring Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.

Free admission • Please note: This event is first-come, first-served, and the venue's capacity is 280 seats.

Directed by Ava Duvernay, USA. 2016. 100 min.
The new documentary from Ava Duvernay (Selma) takes its title from the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which outlawed slavery. Duvernay gives us an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

Read the New York Times review.

This screening is presented in partnership with Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities. Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities Legacy of Race Grant.

Special thanks to our community partners Honolulu Civil BeatCommunity Alliance on Prisons, Pūʻā Foundation, and Community Justice Coalition

Join us for a post-screening discussion with Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and executive director of Dignity & Empower Now. Come back soon for the list of panelists. The panel will focus on issues of incarceration in United States and Hawai‘i.

The panel

Patrisse Cullors
Executive Director, Dignity and Power Now
Patrisse Cullors is an artist, organizer, and freedom fighter from Los Angeles. Co-founder of Black Lives Matter, she is also a performance artist, Fulbright scholar, popular public speaker, and a 2015 NAACP History Maker. She founded Dignity and Power Now, a non-profit that fights for the dignity and power of incarcerated people, their families, and communities. She's also curated a performance art piece that addresses the violence of incarceration called STAINED: An Intimate Portrayal of State Violence. She was named by the Los Angeles Times as a Civil Rights Leader for the 21st Century.

Sharla Manley
Litigation Director, Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation
Sharla joined Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation in 2010. She works on prison litigation involving native Hawaiian traditions and customs and quiet title cases at NHLC. Currently, she has two cases pending about Saguaro Correctional Center against the Department of Public Safety and CoreCivic (formerly CCA)—one concerns Hawaiian language and one concerns native religious practices. She also represents three other prisoners in cases about accommodations for Native Hawaiian religious practices at Hālawa Correctional Facility and Hawai‘i Community Correctional Center.

DeMont Conner
Convicted of seven life sentences and having spent 27 years in prison, Conner has become an advocate for the incarcerated since his release in 2011. He is the first person within in the Hawai'i State prison system to challenge his revocation of parole and won. He is also known for his involvement in the landmark US Supreme Court Case Sandin v. Conner, a case that addressed the circumstances in which state prison regulations afford inmates a liberty interest under the Due Process Clause. Conner is now using his legal knowledge to earn a living doing paralegal work and teaches others how to represent themselves in court.

Ciara Lacy
Independent Filmmaker
Ciara Lacy is a native Hawaiian filmmaker whose interest lies in crafting films that use both strong characters and investigative journalism to challenge the creative and political status quo. Her latest documentary, OUT OF STATE, chronicles the verite experience of native Hawaiian men finding their culture while imprisoned at a private prison on the continental U.S.


See the trailer for 13th:

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