Watch a Trailer For 13TH. A Mass Incarceration Documentary by Ava DuVernay.

Ava DuVernay

In her latest project, 13th, filmmaker Ava DuVernay turns a lens on the ongoing criminalization of black people following the emancipation of slavery.

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.

Watch a trailer for 13TH, which is set to premiere on Netflix on October 7th, below.