Queen Sugar Director Ava DuVernay is entering the documentary game with her latest project, Netflix original movie, 13th. The film takes an in depth look at the interlinked history of racism and mass incarceration in the United States.
The title refers to the 13th amendment of the constitution – (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…”)
13th sheds light on the loopholes the system has found to mass incarcerate people of color after the abolition of slavery. Mixing archival footage with interviews, DuVernay (who directed and produced) shows the exploitative nature of the American justice system and how monetization has affected it as well.
13th opens New York Film Festival on Sept. 30 and hits the Netflix stream Oct. 7.