Ava DuVernay‘s (Selma) Netflix original documentary, 13th dissects the 13th Amendment which abolished slavery except in cases of incarceration. 13th is a must-see for anyone interested in the conversation of race, equality, and social justice in the United States. DuVerney’s outstanding creation makes this difficult subject understandable and easy to digest. Lingering doubts about our country’s abuse of the criminal justice system disappear with this factual film. Takeaways: we need to spend money taking care of our citizens, not handing them over to corporations who profit from locking them up and keeping them locked up. It’s up to those of us who have never had to face this injustice to finally right this wrong. 13th brings a necessary conversation to the masses. 5 out of 5 for 13th.


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