Ava Duvernay’s critically acclaimed mass incarceration documentary 13th, traces the history from the US constitution’s 13th amendment, which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, to 2016, where one-in-three black American males can expect to be imprisoned during his lifetime. It explores racial imbalances in the criminal justice system, and features appearances from author Michelle Alexander, activist Angela Davis, and Senator Cory Booker, among others. At it’s core, this powerful film charts the path that shows the audience how history has been repeating itself from the Jim Crow era to the present.
“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.” Ava DuVernay
In the above video, Pusha T discuss the importance of the film and the core issues it addresses. The conversation unpacks some of the key ideas of the film, including a quick primer on the 13th Amendment itself, and an inventory of how the current incarceration epidemic connects to a broader history of systematic, radicalized inequity in the justice system.
Check out the video and be sure to watch this important documentary on Netflix.