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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 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
Jelani Cobb ... Self - Interviewee
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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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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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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Heavy Blue Muse
Written by Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran
Performed by Alicia Hall Moran
Courtesy of Yes Records
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Needs to Be Seen
13 June 2020 | by jordyntsmithSee all my reviews

My wife and I watched this when I first came out and it had a tremendous impact on how we view America in terms of race.

We recently watched it again as a viewing party in order to generate discussions on issues of racism and the impact this film had on those in the room was powerful!


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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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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$566
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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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