New York Film Festival 2016 Review: Ava DuVernay Debuts ’13th’ May Be One of the Best Documentaries

New York Film Festival 2016 Review: Ava DuVernay Debuts ‘13th‘ May Be One of the Best Documentaries. In this political landscape where racial tensions are at an all-time high, and humanity is desperately searching for a peaceful compromise of understanding, Ava DuVernay‘s “13th” from Netflix is about as timely as a film can be.

⇓ New York Film Festival 2016 Review: Ava DuVernay Debuts '13th

The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary 13TH refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.

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The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis. On Netflix October 7 as Ava DuVernay’s ’13th’ Opens to Standing Ovation at 54th New York Film Festival

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