The 13th delivers stunning commentary of America's tangled racial history striking a cord with your inner self.
One of the best documentaries of 2016, director Ava DuVernay (Selma) goes full throttle into America’s past history and where we are now as a society. DuVernay’s documentary refers to the 13th Amendment of our 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."
As we read and see there’s a surprising loophole written within the 13th Amendment, as DuVernay teaches us a history-lesson of indictment on "new slavery.” This term refers to the mass incarceration of African-Americans within the American criminal justice system and it’s a major wake-up call. The documentary starts off with the abolishment of slavery in 1865 as a rejoicing community comes to a new start of possibilities. Unfortunately, this is also known as the beginning of an era known as mass criminalization. This affected all minorities inside the United States, particularly the African-American community.
The documentary travels through time as we explore the horrors and progress of our society. DuVernay unveils a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men. The 13th is a powerful look at what it means to be a black man or woman in America. It will certainly make you rethink history and where do we go from here?
Calm and controlled, DuVernay also explores the movements that have helped progress our society like the Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter movements. In the end, The 13th engulfs its audience with dense information and an underlining message of hope. Note to the Academy: The 13th is hands down one of the best documentaries of 2016 and deserves every bit of that Oscar. Go and watch it one Netflix’s right now.
The 13th is NR (Not Rated).