The Loophole in the End of Slavery

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with Ava DuVernay, the director of the documentary "13th."

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay (“Selma”) turns to documentary with “13th,” a film essay about the Constitution’s 13th amendment, which abolished slavery with the loophole clause “except as a punishment for a crime.” The film interviews African-American authors such as Michelle Alexander (“The New Jim Crow”) and Bryan Stevenson (“Just Mercy”) along with conservatives like Newt Gingrich to look at how the criminal justice system impacts black lives.

— Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen

For more information, click here to visit the film web site.