Analysis Of The Movie ' 13th, Produced By Ava Duvernay Essay

976 Words Dec 13th, 2016 4 Pages
On October 7th, 2016, Netflix released an original documentary called 13TH, produced by Ava DuVernay. The documentary provides a historical account of the U.S criminal justice system following the end of the Civil War, and continuing to the present. The documentary could not have come out at a better time, as the country is currently in the midst of a national discussion of police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement. The excellence of 13TH is evident in its position as the opening film at the prestigious NY Film Festival, becoming the first non-fiction film to open the festival in its 54 year history (Kruger). DuVernay combines decade’s worth of historical and present day footage, expert testimony, illuminating graphics, and powerful anecdotes to create an emotionally wrenching film. Through a careful recounting of political and social errors, DuVernay shines light on the injustice of America’s criminal justice system, and challenges Americans to stop living in ignorance. The film begins with a big picture illustration of the level of incarceration in the U.S verses the rest of the world. The U.S has about 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of the world’s prisoners, meaning that one in four individuals is locked up in the land of the free. One of the central arguments of the documentary is that the road to massive incarceration in the U.S began with Congress passing the 13th Amendment to the Constitution on January 31st, 1865. This Amendment…

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