After making its groundbreaking premiere as the opening film of the New York Film Festival, Ava DuVernay’s newest documentary 13th streams on Netflix October 7th.
13th was the first documentary to ever open the New York Film Festival, where it was received with a lengthy standing ovation. Ava DuVernay has been taking Hollywood by storm since the success of Selma in 2014. Known for her advocacy of racial justice and women filmmakers, Ava investigates the topics of mass incarceration, criminalization and race in relation to the law in her latest documentary. The film takes its name from the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery but included a loophole that exempted those guilty of crimes from freedom.
“We explore everything from the reasons why the link between race and criminality was manufactured to how it’s used for profit and power and political gain, all the way up until the current day.” DuVernay tells New York Magazine, “I also wanted to include the voices of formerly incarcerated people, not just have a whole bunch of people talking about them, but to have their voices. And it was important to listen to the right.”
The New York Times proclaims 13th is “Powerful, infuriating and at times overwhelming, will get your blood boiling and tear ducts leaking.”
Variety applauds, “When you watch 13TH, you feel that you’re seeing an essential dimension of America with new vision. That’s what a cathartically clear-eyed work of documentary art can do.”
Watch Ava DuVernay’s 13th, available on Netflix October 7th in the U.S. and Canada. See Ava’s reel here.