Thursday, October 20, 2016

13th (2016)

Director: Ava DuVernay. 100 min. Documentary.

The 13th Amendment abolished slavery ... except as a punishment for a crime. That loophole is the subject of Ava DuVernay's documentary. She claims that white people used that loophole to continue slavery, by mass criminalizing and incarcerating Blacks - and even making a profit out of privatizing the prison system. My only issue, was that the film, while not outright saying it, seems to imply Nixon, Reagan, Bush Sr. and Clinton, all intentionally created this system. Nevertheless, this is a very compelling and eye-opening film, and I'd prefer the calm, wise DuVernay to the angry, self-promoting Spike Lee any day.

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