Ava DuVernay’s documentary “13th” was called “the most relevant movie of the year” by IndieWire’s Eric Kohn. “Coupled with an election campaign that explicitly addressed systemic racism, ‘13th’ is a true movie of the moment,” he added in his review.
The Netflix film is an in-depth look at the prison system in the US and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality, with the majority of those imprisoned being African-American. Touching on the current political events, the documentary also includes a powerful clip which compares Donald Trump speaking at his rallies, and footage of his supporters inciting violence against others, with scenes from the Civil Rights era. The project’s Twitter page shared the haunting two-minute clip, which you can check out below.
During the film’s press screening at the New York Film Festival, DuVernay spoke about how she debated putting the Republican candidate in the documentary at all.
“Take him out? Leave him in? No, he doesn’t deserve a place in this thing, and such. But you gotta show that stuff because it’s too important and it can’t be forgotten,” she explained, via The Hollywood Reporter. “I think it’s vital to have him in there, because he’s taken this country to a place that is going to be studied and considered for a long time. It’s going to have repercussions past the moment, whether he’s the president or not. Gosh, I can’t believe I’m saying those words!”
Adding, “So we need to remember this moment. It gives us context to this moment that we’re in, looking through a lens of race and culture.”
“13th” is available to stream on Netflix.
— 13TH (@13THFilm) October 12, 2016