Movie review: 13th

13th13th covers a lot of ground in its brief running time, but it is best described as a film of righteous indignation rather than a harsh polemic. We hear from Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, activists and professors. Voices include historian Henry Lewis Gates, former radical Angela Davis, controversial senator Charlie Rangel and conservative pundits Newt Gingrich and Grover Norquist. All agree that something must be done.

The film intends not only to shake up the viewer but also to offer up the hopeful possibilities of reform. Jesus is bold enough to include the visitation of prisoners as a means of encountering God’s presence (Matthew 25:36). As people of faith, should we do any less?

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