Watch: First Trailer for Ava DuVernay's Prison Documentary 'The 13th'
"What you see on the news is a story 150 years in the making." Netflix has debuted the first trailer for the documentary title The 13th, or just 13th, directed by fillmmaker Ava DuVernary in secret over the last few years. It presents an in-depth look at the prison system and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality. The title 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." This looks like it's going to be hard-hitting and provocative, and hopefully will cause changes. DuVernary commented that "this film was made as an answer to my own questions about how and why we have become the most incarcerated nation in the world, how and why we regard some of our citizens as innately criminal, and how and why good people allow this injustice to happen generation after generation."
Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Ava DuVernay's documentary The 13th, direct from YouTube:
The title of Ava DuVernay's extraordinary and galvanizing new 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. The 13th is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernary, of the films Selma, Middle of Nowhere and I Will Follow previously. This doc premieres at the New York Film Festival as the Opening Night feature this weekend. Netflix will then release DuVernay's The 13th starting on October 7th next month. Interested in watching?