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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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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 31 wins & 44 nominations.
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Melina Abdullah ...
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Dolores Canales ...
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Baz Dreisinger ...
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Kevin Gannon ...
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Marie Gottschalk ...
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Lisa Graves ...
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Cory Greene ...
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John Hagan ...
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Michael Hough ...
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Directed by

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Ava DuVernay

Written by

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Spencer Averick ... (written by)
 
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Produced by

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Spencer Averick ... producer
Howard Barish ... producer (produced by)
Mercedes Yolanda Cooper ... associate producer
Ben Cotner ... executive producer
Adam Del Deo ... executive producer
Ava DuVernay ... producer (produced by)
Tilane Jones ... co-producer
Michael Nell ... associate producer
Lisa Nishimura ... executive producer
Jason Sterman ... executive producer
Angus Wall ... executive producer

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Jason Moran ... (music by)

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Hans Charles ... director of photography
Kira Kelly ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Spencer Averick

Editorial Department

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Lauren Dellara ... title sequence editor
Alex Ivany ... assistant editor
Zach Marshall ... assistant editor: EPK
Chris Riley ... on-line editor
Paul Yacono ... digital intermediate colorist

Makeup Department

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Jacob Geraghty ... key makeup artist

Production Management

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Christiana Hooks ... post-production supervisor

Sound Department

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M. Scott Blynder ... sound
Scott Blynder ... additional sound mixer
Tim Boggs ... supervising sound editor
Noyan Cosarer ... re-recording mixer
Dwayne Dell ... sound mixer
Craig Henighan ... additional mixing
Jesse Johnstone ... sound recordist
Alex Lee ... sound effects editor
Matt Miller ... additional re-recording mixer
Jeffrey Perkins ... re-recording mixer
Fred Runner ... sound recordist: San Francisco/Oakland

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Leanne Dare ... art director
Jamie McBriety ... post producer

Camera and Electrical Department

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Nick Berry ... electrician
Bliss Bussant ... key grip: New York
Tom Cherry ... assistant camera
Jay Coakley ... dolly grip: San Francisco/Oakland
Andrew Crighton ... swing: New York
David Garza ... gaffer: San Francisco/Oakland
Christine Hodinh ... first assistant camera: Los Angeles
Sammy Leonard ... first assistant camera: New York
J. Carlos Lopez ... key grip: San Francisco/Oakland (as Carlos Lopez)
Chris Mariles ... first assistant camera: Washington, DC
Gordon McIver ... gaffer
Cisco Rivera ... gaffer: San Francisco/Oakland
Megaera Stephens ... first assistant camera: San Francisco/Oakland
Na Thirakomen ... gaffer: New York
Travis Williams ... grip: San Diego
Mike Wilson ... gaffer
Danny Wollenberg ... gaffer: Washington DC / grip

Animation Department

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Ekin Akalin ... animator
Frank Lin ... animator
Dan Meehan ... animator

Music Department

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Tera DuVernay ... music supervisor
Julie Pearce ... music editor
Lise Richardson ... music editor

Other crew

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James W. Arrington ... production assistant
Kate Coe ... archival research and clearances
Katy Crain ... production assistant
Tera DuVernay ... Lead Researcher
Eric Feig ... production: legal
Joe Heth ... production assistant
Danny Hirsch ... associate post producer
Alex Ivany ... archival footage researcher
Matthew A. Jacobs ... Production Counsel
Joshua Nowak ... production assistant
Jen Pray ... archival clearances
Jodi Tripi ... archival clearances

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Robyn Aronson ... special thanks
Rand Holston ... special thanks
Bill Jacks ... special thanks
Carolyn Javier ... special thanks
Franklin Leonard ... special thanks
Jonathan Mussman ... special thanks
David Oyelowo ... special thanks
Roya Rastegar ... special thanks
Denise Sexton ... special thanks
Tessa Treadway ... special thanks
Ben Weiss ... special thanks
Berry Welsh ... special thanks
Oprah Winfrey ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • The 13th (United States)
  • Der 13. (Germany)
  • Тринадцатый (Russia)
  • 13. lisäys (Finland)
  • Det 13:e tillägget (Sweden)
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  • 100 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia This was the first documentary to ever open the New York Film Festival - the 54th Festival on Friday, September 30th, 2016. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in 13th: A Conversation with Oprah Winfrey & Ava DuVernay (2017). See more »
Soundtracks Letter To The Free 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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