It’s Absolutely Criminal Trailer: 13th!

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Ava DuVernay’s sobering documentary 13th puts the 13th Amendment under the microscope as part of an examination of a prison system that holds one quarter of all prisoners In. The. Wold. behind its bars.

New York Film Festival 13th premieres at the New York Film Festival on September 30 –  which is the first time a nonfiction work will open the festival. This will be followed by the global launch on Netflix October 7, including a limited theatrical release. Check out the trailer after the break.

13TH | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix – YouTube

The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary 13TH refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.