Ava DuVernay screening of 13th with live music by Jason Moran

Join us at the Kennedy Center for a screening of 13th and a post-show conversation with Ava DuVernay.

The Kennedy Center’s DIRECT CURRENT kicks off with a special screening of 13th, the “incendiary, indelible and indispensable” documentary (Rolling Stone) that scored Emmy®, BAFTA, and Peabody Award-winning director/writer/producer Ava DuVernay her second Oscar® nomination. Named for the 13th Amendment—which abolished slavery but permitted involuntary servitude as punishment for a crime—13th is an in depth investigation of the U.S. prison system’s role in our national history of racial injustice.

This screening is presented by the John F. Kennedy Center in collaboration with the One Woman, One Vote 2020 Festival, a citywide celebration featuring films, concerts, and exhibitions to mark the centennial of the 19th amendment. Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz Jason Moran and four-time Grammy®-nominated drummer Eric Harland perform the score, the first live score performance of Moran’s score to accompany the film.

In cooperation with the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and One Women, One Vote 2020 Festival, a post-show discussion with Ava DuVernay will follow the performance.


Required. $29-$59 tickets. 

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This event will take place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in their Concert Hall.

National Museum of Women in the Arts