Author: Stephanie Abraham

SLAVERY NEVER ENDED: PRISON AS PUNISHMENT IN “13TH”

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The Netflix original documentary 13th, directed by Ava DuVernay (Selma), looks at the legacy of racism and slavery in the United States and how it led to mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex. The film opens with a voiceover of President Obama saying, “So, let’s look at the statistics: The United States is home to 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. Think about that.” The movie’s jolting statistics, compelling graphics, and rich interviews with nearly 50 scholars, activists, and politicians—including Angela Davis, Michelle Alexander, and Shaka Senghor—ensure that viewers will not only think about systemic oppression and but want to find ways to end it.

The Promise: A Film About the Armenian Genocide & Worth Seeing

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The Promise, Hollywood’s first blockbuster about the Armenian genocide, hits theaters this weekend. The film deserves applause in spite of critics’ poor reviews. Check out this interview on Rising Up with Sonali to hear more about the controversy surrounding the film, what it does well and where it falls short.

If you’re in the LA area (and have a radio!), this interview will air on KPFK, 90.7 FM, on Monday, April 24, which is Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, between 8–9 AM.