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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
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 32 wins & 45 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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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The film won 4 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Motion Design, Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics - Letter to the Free, Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special and Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program. See more »

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Barack Obama: So let's look at the statistics. The United States is home to 5% of the world's population. But 25% of the world's prisoners.
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Features 12 Years a Slave (2013) See more »

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Letter To The Free
Performed by Common featuring Bilal
Music and Lyrics by Common, Karriem Riggins, Robert Glasper
Courtesy of Artium Records/Def Jam Recordings
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Arranged and Composed by Karriem Riggins and Robert Glasper
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Watch the movie...then read "The New Jim Crow"
27 December 2017 | by cliftonofunSee all my reviews

The voices and arguments here are not new. Read "The New Jim Crow." Read "Just Mercy." Read any critical analysis of modern American jurisprudence. But this film brilliantly assembles disparate voices (Newt Gingrich and Jelani Cobb? Together? Really?) to tell the story...to tell our story. DuVernay finds our nation's narrative arc. It may be disturbing, but it is also true. As the prison population ticks up, so does your understanding of who we have been and who we are becoming.


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English

Release Date:

7 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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$566
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1.78 : 1
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