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

“Storytelling can do more than entertain. It can shift and shape culture, it can right wrongs, and it can lift us all to a place where we can be more determined in our own lives.”  Ava DuVernay

13TH Concert Screening with Live Music performed by
Jason Moran and Eric Harland
Post-Show Discussion with
NPR’s Michel Martin and Ava DuVernay

Presented by the John F. Kennedy Center in collaboration with the 2020 One Woman One Vote Festival and the National Museum of Women in the Arts 

The Kennedy Center’s DIRECT CURRENT festival kicks off with a special screening of Ava DuVernay’s Oscar®-nominated documentary 13th, with Jason Moran’s powerful score performed live for the first time. 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. Stay for a post-show discussion with NPR’s Michel Martin and director/writer/producer Ava DuVernay.

DIRECT CURRENT, now in its 3rd year, is the two week festival celebrating contemporary culture (March 8-21, 2020). This year DIRECT CURRENT recognizes the 19th amendment centennial (gaining women the vote) with a special emphasis on women creators.

Free screenings of Ava DuVernay’s feature films, Selma and A Wrinkle In Time, will be screened in the Justice Forum inside the Kennedy Center’s REACH (March 14, 15) following the 13th event.

The 13th presentation is the culmination of the One Woman One Vote Festival’s DC city-wide series of films and symposia highlighting Ava DuVernay’s work as a storyteller and champion of women and artists of color in film and television. The 2020 One Woman One Vote Festival’s DC city-wide screenings are presented in partnership with the District of Columbia’s Office of Cable, Television, Film, Music, Entertainment (OCTFME). The free events feature additional films, documentaries,  feature, television by Ava DuVernay, and titles released by ARRAY, a film distribution and resource collective DuVernay founded in 2010.  More information and a festival schedule will be posted in February.


Photo credit: Adam Burrell



Mar 09 2020


8:00 pm


$29 - $59


John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566


2020 One Women One Vote Festival

Other Organizers

John F. Kennedy Center
John F. Kennedy Center
National Museum of Women In the Arts
National Museum of Women In the Arts
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