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13th (2016)

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An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

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Ava DuVernay
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 31 wins & 45 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melina Abdullah Melina Abdullah ... Self - Interviewee
Michelle Alexander ... Self - Interviewee
Cory Booker ... Self - Interviewee
Dolores Canales Dolores Canales ... Self - Interviewee
Gina Clayton Gina Clayton ... Self - Interviewee
William Jelani Cobb ... Self - Interviewee (as Jelani Cobb)
Malkia Cyril ... Self - Interviewee
Angela Davis ... Self - Interviewee
Craig DeRoche ... Self - Interviewee
David Dinkins David Dinkins ... Self - Interviewee
Baz Dreisinger Baz Dreisinger ... Self - Interviewee
Kevin Gannon Kevin Gannon ... Self - Interviewee
Henry Louis Gates Jr. ... Self - Interviewee
Marie Gottschalk Marie Gottschalk ... Self - Interviewee
Newt Gingrich ... Self - Interviewee
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Storyline

The film begins with the idea that 25 percent of the people in the world who are incarcerated are incarcerated in the U.S. Although the U.S. has just 5% of the world's population. "13th" charts the explosive growth in America's prison population; in 1970, there were about 200,000 prisoners; today, the prison population is more than 2 million. The documentary touches on chattel slavery; D. W. Griffith's film "The Birth of a Nation"; Emmett Till; the civil rights movement; the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Richard M. Nixon; and Ronald Reagan's declaration of the war on drugs and much more. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$566
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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Bryan Stevenson: The Bureau of Justice reported that one in three young black males is expected to go to jail or prison during his lifetime, which is an unbelievably shocking statistic.
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Soundtracks

Chains
Written by Nas (as Nasir Jones), Issiah Avila, Bibi Bourelly (as Badilla Bourelly), Andre Bowman, Paul Epworth, Miguel Gandelman, Juan Najera, Usher Raymond, and Arthur Strong
Performed by Usher Raymond (as Usher) featuring Nas and Bibi Bourelly
Courtesy of RCA Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
Bibi Bourelly appears courtesy of Def Jam Recordings under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Real Statistics
29 January 2017 | by scotlandsilverSee all my reviews

The movie is well done but borders on propaganda in my mind. We all know history but few tend to delve into present reality.

This link breaks things down in no uncertain terms.

…."in regard to nonviolent crimes, such as DWI/alcohol offenses, blacks and whites both commit crimes nearly identical to their representative population. However, in violent/aggressive crimes, blacks commit them at a rate many times higher than their representative population, while whites tend to commit them at a rate markedly lower than their representative population…."

https://infogr.am/Black-34991937313


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