“13th”is a 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay and written by DuVernay and Spencer Averick, who also served as the film’s editor. The movie looks at American history starting with the 13th Amendment which abolished slavery throughout the United States and the series of laws, institutions, and systems which were developed to keep African American from realizing that promise through today. The movie shows us that slavery has been maintained through criminalizing behavior, enabling police to arrest freedmen and forcing them to work for the state under convict leasing which started the suppression of African Americans by disenfranchisement, lynching, and Jim Crow laws. This film explores how the “Law & Order” politicians with their “War on Drugs” impacted people of color much more just to win elections. It shows us how these policies lead to the creation of the prison/detention industries and who makes money from policies and the impacts on African Americans. It was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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