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Oscar®-Nominated Film Showcase: 13th
  • Date: Friday, February 24, 2017
  • Time: 12:00 am
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

The National Archives hosts the 13th annual free screenings of the Academy Award® nominees in four categories: Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Live Action Short Film, and Animated Short Film.

Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick, and Howard Barish
(100 minutes, rated TV-MA)

African Americans have continued to suffer since the passing of the 13th Amendment, with popular media demonizing people of color, Jim Crow laws prohibiting real growth and black leaders being assassinated in the 1960s. The politically motivated “war on drugs” penalizes more people of color than whites, and the mass incarceration of blacks in the U.S. has led to a booming prison industry.

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The screenings are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in partnership with the National Archives. This program is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation with the generous support of the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund. 

All public programs at the National Archives are free. Reservations are recommended; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. Click here for more information on getting to the National Archives and parking.Live captioning will be available online and in the William G. McGowan Theater. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for an event (such as a downloadable transcript or a sign language interpreter), please send an email to public.program@nara.gov or call 202.357.5000 in advance.