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.
Ulf Kjell Gür
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This was the first documentary to ever open the New York Film Festival - the 54th Festival on Friday, September 30th, 2016. See more
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.
Features 12 Years a Slave
Written by Nat Adderley
and Oscar Brown Jr.
(as Oscar Brown, Jr.)
Performed by Nina Simone
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