Trailer Premiere for Ava DuVernay’s Prison Doc ‘The 13th’
Netflix has released a first trailer for Ava DuVernay‘s film The 13th. A documentary named for the Constitution’s 13th Amendment, will open the 54th annual New York Film Festival, marking the first time the fest has opened with a non-fiction film.
The 13th will launch globally on Netflix and open in a limited theatrical run on October 7th. Check out the trailer for the film which tackles the subject of racial inequality in the United States.
“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 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.