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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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Melina Abdullah ... Herself - Interviewee
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Dolores Canales ... Herself - Interviewee
Gina Clayton ... Herself - Interviewee
Jelani Cobb ... Himself - Interviewee
Malkia Cyril ... Herself - Interviewee
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David Dinkins ... Himself - Interviewee
Baz Dreisinger ... Herself - Interviewee
Kevin Gannon ... Himself - Interviewee
... Himself - Interviewee (as Henry Louis Gates Jr.)
Marie Gottschalk ... Herself - 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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7 October 2016 (USA)  »

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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 »

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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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Written by Killer Mike (as Michael Render) and El-P (as Jaime Meline)
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Courtesy of Williams Street Records
By arrangement with Rhino Independent / ADA Licensing
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A must see in American, denial can no longer be an option
12 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

The documentary is an excellent summary of American History. This doc should required viewing in school. You cannot deny the facts and of one chooses to do so, then You have to be profiting from this current system to criminalize fir financial gain. The fact that people can disregard this for the myriad of completely shallow reasons such as, "I stopped watching when I realized it was against Trump and for Hillary" is laughable. The reality is that you don't want to accept America's REAL history. Denial is no longer an option. I know many American families are currently benefiting From the prison industrial complex, whether shareholders in the private prisons or contracts provided for the necessities required in prisons. No longer can black bodies fund the wealth on America. Following the timeline after slavery was abolished in 1865 the landscape was set in motion for the current climate. Americans stop living in you're bubble, sacrifice is required from us all to stop this. The system is so ingrained within the stability of the middle class family so there will be denial in rhetorical speech that this is no so bad, blacks are criminals and need tobe incarcerated but this is image of us is not new. History speaks the truth about America's original sin with slavery.


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