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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 29 wins & 44 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

The 13th See more »

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Production Co:

Kandoo Films See more »
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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The filming locations and production design of the interviews, with brick walls and industrial equipment, represent labor that, according to DuVernay, "has been stolen from black people in this country for centuries." See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

References Cops (1989) See more »

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Criminal
Written by Karl Jenkins, Tarik Collins, Ahmir-Khalib Thompson (as Ahmir Thompson), Saigon (as Brian Carenard), Khari Mateen, and Jamal Miller
Performed by The Roots featuring Truck North and Saigon
Courtesy of Def Jam Recordings under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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messed up
28 December 2016 | by g jSee all my reviews

The support this documentary has for both Assata Shakur who killed New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster and Angela Davis who bought the gun that was used to kill Judge Haley is beyond sick, the movie never tells you what they did and makes they both out to be victims which is lies.

The movie does have some good point when it comes to the laws that both Reagan and Clinton passed, which give so many unnecessary jail time to drug changers , however still finds ways to lie even more,in one case they talked about how historically white men where the ones raping black women, which was true but they bring this up to avoid talking about in the modern times black men are overwhelming raping white women.

The movie even lies about small things such that The Birth of a Nation started the burning cross with the KKK, which is very easy to fact check and make no reason why the film makers would keep such a lie in the movie.

I wanted to like this movie,and hope someone else gives this subject another go without being dishonest or giving a platform to evil human beings such as Angela Davis.


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