Netflix has announced that they will be releasing a half-hour interview special with Oprah Winfrey and director Ava DuVernay discussing DuVernay’s Oscar nominated documentary 13th.  The special will be titled  13th: A Conversation with Oprah Winfrey & Ava DuVernay, and can be streamed on Netflix on Thursday, Jan. 26.

Throughout the special DuVernay and Winfrey will discuss DuVernay’s filmmaking process, how she secured the interviews from across the political spectrum for the movie, and her passion for investigating the mass incarceration of African Americans in the U.S. The duo also discuss global reactions to 13th, the current state of race relations in America, and DuVernay’s advice for President Trump’s administration.

The 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.

13th made it’s debut at the 2016 New York Film Festival last fall and can currently be streamed on Netflix worldwide.

Check out a preview of the interview below.



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